The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, has today (Thursday 21st May) set off on the second of his Prayer Walks around the Diocese of Durham by embarking on a route through Durham Deanery. Bishop Paul said: “I love Prayer Walks because they are a great way to discover an area and meet people. “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 really rewarding to do.” “Last week during the first of these Prayer Walks, I was amazed at the splendour of the green spaces that we visited, I knew that the area was made up of both rural and urban areas – but the amount of green space and opportunity for people to get out and enjoy the fresh air was a very pleasant surprise. “But the real delight of the first Prayer Walk was the generosity and welcome of people I met as we walked and chatted. People are so open and willing to talk about their own stories, about the community, the challenges and opportunities faced in the area and to Pray and be Prayed for. “For me this is why doing these Prayer Walks is such a joy and is so valuable in getting to know the people and the communities of the Diocese, I am very much looking forward to the new things we will see and the people we will meet on this Prayer Walk through Durham Deanery.” Bishop Paul’s itinerary for his Prayer Walks through Durham Deanery cane be viewed on the Prayer Walk Facebook page (www.facebook.com/prayerwalkdurham). Bishop Paul will take part in two Prayer Walks per year until he has walked across all sixteen Deaneries of the Diocese after which he will repeat the process.