A church in Sudbury was totally transformed last week as parishioners and residents joined a 48-hour prayer marathon.
St Gregory’s Church hosted its second Prayer 48 event from June 12 to June 14, an ambitious programme of nonstop prayer throughout both day and night that commenced on the Friday morning and which culminated in a family service on the Sunday with a performance by the St Gregory’s School choir.
Leading up to the event thousands of prayer cards had been delivered to homes throughout the parish and a large number were returned to the church with prayer requests, all of which were prayed for during the weekend.
Whilst prayer for the community of Sudbury was the focus of the event, all sorts of prayer activities went on throughout the 48 hours.
A complete transformation inside the building had taken place with a number of different areas for prayer and meditative reflection.
These ranged from an enormous labyrinth laid out in the centre of the nave to a large tent complete with comfy bean bags, sand trays for writing in, a prayer tree and several other interesting and varied stations.
A steady stream of visitors attended with both those wanting to pray and others keen to look around.
Services took place at regular intervals over the weekend that included a candlelit service and a quiet service of prayer for healing.
Organiser, Rev Helen Mitchell, said the event was a great success. “We were delighted with the response to the event which far exceeded our expectations.
“We realised there is much need in our community for support through prayer and Prayer 48 proved this beyond doubt.”
She added: “It was a privilege to offer our church to enable people to come in at any time, both day and night.
“We were immensely touched by the prayers of some of our young people from visiting groups and schools – prayers that were so direct and meaningful and straight from the heart.”