THE OLYMPIC Torch will not be arriving alone in Guildford this Friday â€“ instead, it will be accompanied by the Olympic Prayer Baton as a nationwide Prayer Relay follows the torch route.
Organised by More Than Gold, an ecumenical organisation which seeks to encourage UK churches to engage with the Games, the Prayer Relay will track the same route and dates as the official relay, coming to Guildford shortly before the Olympic Torch this Friday.
The Olympic Prayer Baton will be arriving at St Johnâ€™s Church, Stoke Road at 12.30 and everyone is invited to receive the prayers from Maidstone for Guildford and beyond.
Rod Boreham, Guildford City Centre Chaplain, said after arriving in Guildford, a small group will then fill the baton with the prayers collected from the lunchtime event and take them to the next stop on the torch route: Waltham Forest.
Describing the impact of the Prayer Relay, Rod added: â€œThe whole torch route will be covered with Christian experiences.â€
Visitors are invited to bring a packed lunch to greet the prayer baton at St Johnâ€™s but liquid refreshments will be provided.
Celebrating the torch coming to communities across the UK, at the beginning of both relays, the Church of England issued two new â€˜Olympicâ€™ prayers to be used throughout the prayer relay.
For more information on the relay see > http://www.morethangold.org.uk/