Bible meditations and praise inspired by the beauty of God’s creation on the Bristol Downs. The space and peace afforded by the natural environment allows each person to meet with God in their own way and at their own pace, with oportunity for reflection on the day’s topic as we walk. Children are able to take in some of God’s beauty whilst being able to expend their energy at the same time.
The walks are usually on the 3rd Sunday of each month, starting at 11am. The starting location varies depending on the route. Check our Facebook page for details.
Each walk has the following parts:
- 3 short readings developing a theme including Bible passages, prayers and poems from the books below and other reflections. The themes are inspired by events of the time of year both in the natural and human worlds – see the table below for full details.
- A leisurely walk of around a mile or two around part of the Downs, not too long for the little ones, the terrain is mostly level grass with some slightly rougher places in the wooded areas which could normally be avoided if necessary
- A stop for refreshments. This may be juice or hot chocolate and biscuits in a scenic location or in the Downs Café by the Water Tower if the weather forecast looks less pleasant
Books used for the walks:
- The Bristol Downs: A Natural History Year. by Geraldine Taylor, also other books by Geraldine Taylor.
- Celtic Wheel of the Year by Tess Ward
- Tides and Seasons: Modern Prayers in the Celtic Tradition by David Adam
- Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbria Community
There are also several lovely leaflets produced about different aspects of the Downs wildlife and history