Week of Accompanied Prayer
An Ecumenical Week of Accompanied Prayer
What is a Week of Accompanied Prayer?
A Week of Accompanied Prayer (WAP) is designed to help people in their prayer; it’s a bit like a retreat, but without their having to stay away from home. WAPs have elements of a residential retreat, but as the people involved continue in their normal daily lives the week takes on a richness of its own and the prayer remains closely in touch with the daily happenings in each individual’s personal life and in the world.
What happens each day on a WAP?
Participants in a WAP are asked to set aside each day time for personal prayer – typically 30 minutes – taking account of each individual’s situation. In addition, they also commit themselves to meet individually with a prayer Guide, in a quiet place at church, for about 30 minutes each day of the WAP. This meeting is an opportunity to talk about what is happening in their prayer, and its relationship with their whole faith life.
So the commitment of the WAP is about an hour each day, Monday to Friday – 30 minutes’ prayer, 30 minutes’ time with your Guide.
When does the WAP begin?
The WAP begins on the first Sunday when all involved are present and prayed for at the Parish Eucharist. After the service there is a short meeting when all of the Participants and Guides can meet one another. This session provides an opportunity for introductions, general guidance about prayer to help Participants get started, and initial conversations.
Also this is a good opportunity for Participants to meet all together so that they can be aware throughout the WAP retreat of others who are also making the week of prayer, and so foster a sense of mutual support. At the end of the week everyone will come together again to reflect upon and celebrate the event on the final Sunday morning.
Who are the Prayer Guides?
The team of Prayer Guides includes women and men of various denominations, some lay, some ordained. All will have received training in helping others in their prayer. The role of the Guide is mainly to listen actively to the Participant discuss their prayer life: to accompany the Participants during the week, encouraging each person to honour his or her own prayer and to be aware of how it may be developed. The Guide may also make suggestions about new ways to pray or help think about what makes prayer difficult for us.
Does the WAP cost anything?
The WAP is free to join, but donations to help cover the costs of the event are of course welcome. Please ask if you would like more details.
What do I do next?
Why not get in touch with us and find out more. There are just 30 spaces available so if you want to apply email WAP@hornseyparishchurch.org. All applicants will be asked to provide a simple reference from their priest or minister.
Applications close two weeks before the WAP.
A prayer for the Hornsey Week of Accompanied Prayer
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, so that we may truly love you and worthily praise your holy name; through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Resourcing the Space
Resourcing the Space is the name for opportunities offered by the Edmonton Area Prayer & Spirituality Group to support the deepening of prayer in the Edmonton Episcopal Area within the Diocese of London