June 4, 2017 – Under cloudy skies against the backdrop of the Lansdale Train Station, a group of people of faith gathered around the Kugel Ball in the Railroad Plaza Park to begin a community prayer walk. The organizers of the event, the North Penn Partnership of Churches in the North Penn School District planned the event to bear witness to their faith and life by lifting up the town in prayer.
After a brief service, the group broke into four groups and as instructed by Rev. Gary Nicholson of Christ UMC on Valley Forge Road, the walkers headed East, West, North and south on Main and Broad Streets to pray on their walk for fifteen minutes and then return to the starting point. The walkers thus formed a cross representing the purpose of the walk to bring Christ to the community. Walkers were invited to dialogue in their prayers with God as they observed their surroundings, noting what they saw and heard–natural elements, buildings and voices of people. On their return walk they were encouraged to listen to what God might be saying to them. After the group re-gathered, a time of guided intercessory prayer in groups of four brought the walk to a close. Drops of rain began to fall as the prayers rose to God perhaps signaling promised blessings to the people of this community.
The participation of sixteen churches and the spirit exhibited by the walkers gave evidence of a desire to witness and share the love of Christ with the town of Lansdale and the surrounding community.