Prayer in our Churchyard
The Church of St Michael on Greenhill Lichfield is set in what is probably the largest churchyard in England and is very ancient. The churchyard consists of open space, woodland, wild flower areas and of course many old monuments. It is crossed by a number of paths and during the current pandemic is being used by many people for recreational walks and as a place to experience the wonders of nature through the trees and the spring flowers.
The church and churchyard have been a place of prayer for hundreds of years. Here people bring before God their deepest feelings, thoughts and needs. Hope, sadness or lament, thanksgiving, adoration and remembering are amongst some of those prayers, alongside the many thoughts and questions that we bring to God at times of sadness and of joy.
The peace, beauty and tranquillity of the churchyard can help us to be more aware of God's presence and movement in our lives and in the world. As a simple aid to prayer there are now a number of "prayer stations" placed around the Churchyard. They are laminated A4 sheets, each with a rainbow Cross logo. A place to begin to discover them is the Easter Garden, containing a large wooden Cross and empty tomb, in front of the main door into church.
As you pray, think and reflect in this place you join, in God's presence, many who have gone before and those who will follow in times to come.