The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham has completed his fifth set of prayer walks around his Diocese, aimed at allowing him to meet people, get to know the area and pray for it and its people.
Bishop Paul took part in a single Prayer Walks this year following the fantastic successes of the walks in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The 2019 walks, which took place over four days in the Weardale Area started on Thursday 6th June and concluded on Pentecost Sunday, 9th June.
The Prayer Walk is designed to get out amongst the communities of the Diocese of Durham and to talk and pray with people where they are. Bishop Paul said: “I love Prayer Walks because they are a great way to discover an area, meet its people and pray together with them.
“As we walk and pray together, we seek to bless and be blessed by, the people and communities that we visit. I hope that people will join me. It is fun, enjoyable and gratifying to do.”
During the Prayer Walks in the Weardale Area, Bishop Paul visited a wide variety of locations, in towns, villages, dales and urban areas. Amongst the places he visited, he was taken in an aggregate lorry to a quarry in Upper Teesdale, and he went to an outdoor adventure centre for a spot of canoeing, was welcomed to a mini street part at a Co-op store in Frosterley. He even tried his hand playing a Wurlitzer Organ in Howden le Wear, visited businesses and local shops and a host of other things.
Bishop Paul said: “I am always amazed at the things we find on these prayer walks, the people we meet and the fantastic warm welcome we get from the communities of the North East.
I have loved visiting Weardale this year, we have spent four days walking amongst some fantastic scenery and getting to know better it’s people and the everyday challenges they face; we have prayed, talked and walked and it has been magnificent.
“We started on Thursday in Upper Weardale and made our way down the dale ending with a Pentecost service on Willington old-pit heap on Sunday afternoon.”