From The Rectory

Dear Friends, The invitation for the coming months is “Come and catch the wave!” I am not suggesting we all take up surfing (though one of my clergy colleagues in Barnstaple would certainly recommend it as a spiritual pastime!). I am talking about the world wide wave of prayer that will take place between Ascension Day (30th May) and Pentecost Sunday (9th June). Over the last few years led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York these days have been labelled “Thy Kingdom Come” from the words of the Lord’s prayer as a time when churches throughout the country (and its now spread throughout the world) focus on praying.

In this area, local Christians who work together as Love Lyn Valley are inviting our community to join in. During the week the community at Lee Abbey will holding a continuous wave of prayer over 24/48 hrs and local churches will join in by dedicating designated periods in that time when church members will join in wherever they are. There will be the opportunity to share in different styles of prayer hosted by the churches in Lynton.The days will conclude with a number of events on Pentecost Sunday – including a late afternoon Prayer walk from St Mary’s Lynton to Lee Abbey where there will be a celebratory gathering to share all that prayer means to us. How might you join in?

Dip your toe in the water by posting a request for prayer in one of the prayer boxes that will be around Lynton during May or pop in and leave a prayer on the St Mary’s Prayer board – all these will be prayed during the continuous time of prayer. Do a bit of “body-boarding” with prayer using the Try Praying booklets available in churches or on line (, or look out for further details of pop-up services and events during the period when together we travel out into the deep and find our own feet in prayer to ride the wave home for ourselves, each other and the world we share.

PS. All are welcome to come to tea at the Rectory at 3pm on Thursday 30th May for an ecumenical social event to celebrate the beginning of the events.

PPS Lynton and Barbrook need a new PCC secretary – if you feel you could offer your skills in this way please contact me for a chat.

God bless,



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