The Victoria Park Prayer Tree outside our church main door has quickly become an attractive and colourful sign of prayer to the people of our community.
All kinds of people have tied ribbons to the tree as they have said a prayer. Passers by regularly stop and read about it, or photograph it. Many have commented on how they like to look at it, and how they value it.
The Prayer Tree is easily accessible to anyone who wishes to use it. It is for people of all faiths or none, and shows how we can be united in hope and prayer. Ribbons are available at the foot of the tree so no one is obliged to go into church to use the tree. Ribbons can be tied, and prayers offered at any time. After the recent Confirmation Bishop Mark tied a ribbon to the tree with those recently confirmed.
The BBC has shown an interest in the tree and what it symbolises. Emma Goswell of BBC Radio Manchester interviewed Jack, our parish assistant whose idea the tree was, about it and what it symbolises. She also interviewed children from St Chrysostom’s School who had been involved in it.
The children spoke in a lovely and encouraging way about how faith enriches their school and their lives and how we learn from each other’s differing faiths and outlooks.
O God, let us be united, let us speak in harmony; Let our minds apprehend alike. Common be our prayer… Alike be our feelings, unified be our hearts; Common be our intentions; perfect be our unity. (From Hindu Scriptures)