Pause and Pray
Deacon Elizabeth Harfleet of City of Edinburgh Methodist Church in the Forth Valley Circuit felt “nudged by God” to take prayer outside of church buildings and on to the streets.
‘Pause and Pray’ took place in Nicolson Square Gardens, Edinburgh with a (fairly) weather-resistant gazebo, a specially-made banner, a prayer tree, Christian resources and an art activity.
Nicolson Square Gardens is frequented by many who are vulnerable, homeless or both, and many of those who make the gardens their base for the day came to talk with the team. There were some memorable encounters. One woman was unable to take away any resources because her pockets were full of holes. For some, the opportunity to pray became a focus for remembrance.
Elizabeth Harfleet commented: “We had no agenda other than to be a Christian presence in the centre of Edinburgh, representing the Methodist Church in Scotland and being willing to engage with people and enable prayer to be offered.”