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A time to pray together and share together

The Yorkshire Baptist Association is stepping out on a “Pilgrimage of Prayer” for Lent - and collecting blessings in a jar along the way, writes Joolz Walker

 
When is a jar not a jar? When it is filled with blessings!
 
The Yorkshire Baptist Association is stepping out on a “Pilgrimage of Prayer” for Lent - and collecting blessings in a jar along the way. It is hoped the jar will soon be overflowing.Jar of blessings
 
Over seven weeks, starting from 2 March, congregations throughout Yorkshire will focus on the seven areas that make up the YBA – the churches and their communities – and pray for their needs as well as giving thanks for their blessings. Prayer events have also been organised for people to pray in groups. People are being encouraged to share their blessings by emailing the YBA team.
 
The focus for the first week is on the Bradford area with prayer events planned on Tuesday, 4 March at the YBA office and on Sunday, 9 March at Bingley Baptist Church.
 
Resources have been produced to help people along the pilgrimage and these can be downloaded from the YBA’s website www.yba.org.uk under the Prayer section. The YBA office will also send out weekly meditations and prayer requests throughout Lent.
 
Regional Minister the Revd Mary Taylor writes, 'We have been really encouraged in the last year at the desire to pray and look to God for our mission and life together in association as Baptists. We would like to continue this prayerfulness together with a Lent pilgrimage of prayer which takes in all the areas of Yorkshire.
 
'Through our YBA Lent Prayer Pilgrimage we will express our dependence upon God and pray for the life, health and growth of our churches in the Association.'
 
This is how the prayer pilgrimage will travel around Yorkshire:

 
W/C Sunday, March 2nd – Please pray for the Bradford Area
Tuesday, March 4th, 10am-11am, YBA Office, Headingley, LS6 3LF.
Sunday, March 9th, 6pm-7pm, Bingley Baptist Church, BD16 4LJ.
 
W/C Sunday, March 9th – Please pray for the Craven and Eastern Areas
Sunday, March 9th, 7pm-8pm, Skipton Baptist Church, BD23 1ET.
Tuesday, March 11th, 7.30pm, church4u, 42, Burgate, Pickering, YO18 7AU.
 
W/C Sunday, March 16th – Please pray for the Halifax and Calder Valley Area
Friday, March 21st, 12.30pm-7pm, Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AG.
 
W/C Sunday, March 23rd – Please pray for the Craven and Eastern Areas
Wednesday, March 26th, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Cottingham Road Baptist Church, Hull, HU5 4AY.
 
Thursday, March 27th, 11am-2pm, Trinity Church, Keighley, BD22 6AA.
W/C Sunday, March 30th – Please pray for the South Yorkshire Area
 
Tuesday, April 1st, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Beauchief Baptist Church, Sheffield, S70 1JJ.
W/C Sunday, April 6th – Please pray for the Leeds Area

Monday, April 7th, 7pm-9pm, Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ.
Wednesday, April 9th, 7.30pm, Dewsbury Baptist Church, WF12 8ED.
 
W/C Sunday, April 13th – Please pray for the Huddersfield Area
Wednesday, April 16th, 7.30pm, Salendine Nook Baptist Church, HD3 3SF

Joolz Walker, 03/03/2014
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