Church of England Diocese of Leeds

The Eldwick Church prayer garden

20 Jul 2020, 5 p.m.

At the start of lockdown, we created a prayer garden on the Church lawn.  We invited people to plant a crafted flower as a prayer for themselves, their family & friends or just because....

Subsequently, hundreds of prayer flowers were planted.  

Now, the Church Craft <span style="font-size: 1rem;">group (and those others who helped make this happen), have </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">been recognised and thanked by Her Majesty’s </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, David </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Pearson.  Here are some extracts from his </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">letter:</span>

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">“ As the lockdown due to the Coronavirus </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">starts to wind down, the Lieutenancy feels </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">that it would be right for the Lord Lieutenant and his officers to thank those </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">people in the country who have been seen to </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">make some special efforts to help in </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">circumstances that have arisen due to the </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">virus and the resultant Lockdown. I am </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">therefore writing …. to thank you for what </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">you have done with the Eldwick Church Craft </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">group leading it to create a Prayer Lawn at </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">the church which has made a real difference. </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Thank you for your willingness to give freely </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">of your time, when there was no compulsion </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">to help others or charities, which without </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">such support, would be in a much worse </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">position.”</span>

Rev Peter Mayo-Smith comments, “In these strange times, we’ve been finding new ways to be relevant and helpful to our local community. The Church has always been about more than the physical building, and our efforts have been welcomed in the heartfelt and grateful response we have had to the prayer field and posters.”