Our Prayer Gates….

Your Hearts on the Prayer Gate

We have taken your hearts and stars of hope, love and peace into the church and hung them on branches in the windows remembering the prayers that go with them….your beautiful ribbons on the Prayergate will continue to blow in the wind

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When we started our Prayer Gates in July we could hardly have imagined the extent to which this has caught the imagination of the community. Several hundred ribbons have been tied, and as Christmas approaches, we want to develop the idea as part of our theme “Bright Hope for Tomorrow”.

Before our Music, Prayer and Reflection Service on 18th November, the ribbons were removed from the gate by Rhu Primary Pupils and brought into the church for the Service. After that a local artist will create a montage of the ribbons, that will be framed so that we have a permanent memento of our hopes and prayers during the COVID pandemic. It will be brought back to the Church for a special service as soon as we are able to return to unrestricted worship.

During Advent, the Bright Hope for Tomorrow theme will be developed. Small wooden hearts (symbolising Hope) and ribbons will be provided for individuals to tie onto the Prayer Gates, as they spend a moment in quiet prayer or reflection. In addition, pupils from Rhu Primary School will be given stars, bearing this message, which they can decorate and add their own individual hope for the future. These will then be hung on the   Christmas tree in the Church grounds. The tree of stars, and the gates of hearts and ribbons, will symbolise both the school’s and community’s Bright Hope for Tomorrow.