We then walked on over the frosty ground, through some muddy patches, until we came to the unusual Red Oak Tree, much taller than the common English oak, with its pointed, red leaves strewn beneath it. There Sandra Milne from Chingford URC led us, with a reading and a prayer, thinking about Directions and Getting Lost- thankfully we didn’t during the walk! From there we walked to Jericho Plain where Ulrike led us with the theme of Promise, giving thanks for what has been and asking for courage to keep on going.
At several points during the walk we sang, Walk in the light and I want to walk with Jesus Christ, appropriate hymns for our walk together.
Our penultimate stop was beside a small pond where Richard led us again in prayer and when we had returned to the start of our walk, under another very old oak tree, we read together The Pilgrim Prayer and had a final blessing from Ulrike. It had been a lovely walk surrounded by God’s creation, worshipping together and enjoying each other’s company on the way. Some of us then enjoyed a simple meal together at the Woodford Manse before returning home. It had been a good experience of a different way of worshipping together.