Prayer Partners take place during Lent and Advent, as an opportunity to connect with one other person during the holy season. We encourage ALL of us to try or recommit to having a prayer buddy — someone you can check in with during the week, go over your concerns and joys and offer them in prayer. We offer you guidelines to make this fun and helpful. If this is something that sounds welcome and soothing or sounds like a challenge, or anything in between, then we encourage you to try it out! Prayer partnering helps us strengthen as a spiritual community.
Prayer Retreats often happen on-site, and invite you to share in some group and individual prayer and silence with others. We try some ancient and refreshed spiritual practices, and share a mindful meal of soup and bread. It’s a lovely opportunity to explore how to use prayer to shift from the hectic to the holy.
At the height of the pandemic, we held Sacred Strolls, as easy, leisurely walks accessible for all ages and abilities, including wheelchair users. These included a time of contemplative worship and discussion or checking out outdoor art installations, or visiting a historical site. It’s an opportunity to gather together and experience God’s creation. Sacred Strolls included local sites such as the Arnold Arboretum, Halls Pond, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Olmsted Park, Chestnut Hill Reservoir, and the Riverway.
We also held Prayer Hikes as moderate hikes for all ages. On these, we sing, pray, and experience nature together, visiting such local sites such as Prospect Hill Park in Waltham, Hemlock Gorge Reservation in Newton, Hammond Pond/Webster Woods, and the Blue Hills.