The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham will be undertaking a special ‘prayer walk’ across part of Nottinghamshire this month (23rd May to 27th May 2012).
The walk will take him through the suburbs, villages and countryside of the West Bingham Deanery and will include visits to schools, businesses and charities along the route. The ‘prayer walk’ will start at Holme Pierrepont Hall on Wednesday 23rd May and the first leg of the journey will be a boat ride on the rowing lake.
The Rt Rev Paul Butler will set out on Wednesday 23rd May 2012 from Holme Pierrepont Hall after a service in the open air and will also visit the National Water Sports Centre, before continuing on his journey along the river to Lady Bay. The first day will include a visit to the Friary Drop-In Centre, meeting the staff at County Hall with lunch overlooking the river, a stop for prayer by Trent Bridge and ending with time with young people from several churches in a cafe in West Bridgford.
Bishop Paul said: “I am looking forward to meeting people, seeing new places and having the privilege of praying as I spent time walking around this part of the diocese. Last year I was in the very north of the county so this will be an interesting contrast, I’m sure I will learn a lot and look forward to what’s in store on the journey.”
The Bishop invites anyone to join with him on the route.
The second day, Thursday 24th May, will begin with morning prayers at Nottingham Emmanuel School, followed by dropping in at South Wilford Primary School. A picnic is planned at the top of Sharphill Woods and children from Pierrepont Gamston Primary School join the Bishop as he walks along the canal before finishing the day at the Post Office Cafe in Edwalton and prayers at Holy Rood Church.
On Friday, 25th May the Bishop plans to visit Clifton Market and will call in at a number of businesses including a design company and a bakery in Ruddington – ending the day at Costock vineyard.
Saturday’s (26th May) highlights will include a visit to a community shop in Normanton, meeting the Boaters Christian Fellowship over a picnic lunch on the banks of the lock at Kegworth. He end the day with afternoon tea at thrumpton Village Hall and prayers at St George’s Church, Barton-in-Fabis.
His final day of prayer walk on Sunday 27th May, will take him to Ruddington Transport Museum and he will join members from churches around the area for a big picnic in Rushcliffe Country Park. The day will end with a confirmation service at St Giles’ Church, West Bridgford.