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Revd Lesley Jones and the Revd Martin Anderson outside the Yurt

Yurt-prayer

Revd Lesley Jones and the Revd Martin Anderson outside the Yurt
A yurt (a round tent about 18 feet in diameter) has been erected in the nave of the Minster of Sunderland to form a space for worship during Holy Week. The Yurt which was erected and opened on Palm Sunday will be a place of meeting and for 24/7 prayer until Easter Sunday. Revd Canon Provost Sheila Bamber said: “We are encouraging people to join us as we pray for our city and our world, in the context of marking the journey of Christ through Holy Week and beyond. “We have been remembering the prayer and worship of all the churches across the City during this week. “The Yurt is traditionally a place of meeting and hospitality and a symbol of journey or pilgrimage, God on the move with his people. “We are using the yurt as a place of meeting and sanctuary and among the visitors were a group of Syrian students who met there and shared their story.” The Revd Martin Anderson said: “In the hustle and bustle of daily life we need a focal point to focus on God. People are finding the use of the yurt unusual and dynamic and it’s exciting. In a yurt there is no hovering on the threshold or sitting on the fence – you are either ‘in or out’ and that has great symbolism for our relationship with God also. ” The Revd Lesley Jones a curate leading some of the prayers in the yurt commented: “It’s wonderful for me to be invited in to lead prayers here, and that’s the great thing about the yurt in the minster, it’s allowing us to invite people in to bring things before God and to pray together. It echoes the story of Jesus being crucified on good friday to be resurrected on easter day and that from it ‘everything changes’ and we hope that this experience of prayer in the yurt allows something of that to come across.” Audio Interview [embedit snippet=”yurtboo”]

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