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Prayers

In this space you are invited to pray for the people who live in this house or who have come here for shelter. Some of these people are here because they are temporarily homeless, through disaster or misfortune. Some of the people who are here live on the street. Some have mental illnesses or have run away from their homes because of violence, fear or hope of a better life. Some of the people here are waiting to have their bids for asylum or refugee status reviewed; others are waiting to be deported. Others are people who work here and who are trying to care for those without homes.

You might like to light a candle as a focus for meditation, or focus on a person or family highlighted by a charity for homeless people such as Shelter. You could also focus your prayers on a local hostel, detention centre, prison, or shelter and pray for all those who help the homeless and try to care for them.

Ben

For those who have run away from home

Lord Jesus Christ,
You knew difficulties at home:
those who did not understand you,
those who would not listen,
those who thought you had gone mad, bad or worse

Look now with compassion
on all those who have run away from home,
those who are escaping from abuse,
those for whom home is not safe,
those who feel trapped and hopeless,
those who have nowhere now to go.

Help us to remember those who wait for news,
guide and help all those who search for the missing,
strengthen those who look for an help runaway people,
all those who provide shelter and new hope
for your name’s sake. Amen

Prayers for those living rough
© CTBI and MTAG 2014

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Welcome

  • What is a home?
  • What do you feel about homeless people?

Scripture passages with questions

  • Garden of Eden
  • Babylonian Captivity
  • Jesus has no home
  • Jesus’ mother at the Cross
  • Prodigal Son

Art/images on the theme for reflection with questions and exploration

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

  • Appreciating your home
  • Understanding homeless people better

Thought

  • Brief thoughts from different people about home and homelessness.
  • Questions for discussion

Prayers

For those who have lost their homes. With images for reflection

Research

Websites to explore on the theme of home; homelessness; refugees and asylum seekers

Diary/blog

  • What have you noted down for consideration?
  • Other bloggers; Comments from young people piloting the project

Theology

Theological reflection on home and heaven

Hymns and other music

Choose from Hymns; chants; psalms; classical music; contemporary music

Media

Video clips, TV episodes, Films, Books, Contemporary music

Footsteps of Jesus

  • How did issues of home and homelessness affect Jesus?
  • Matthew 2. 13-15 The Escape into Egypt
  • Luke 4. 16-30 The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

Stories

Reflective stories
  • Manda’s story
  • Tanya’s story
  • Rebekah’s story
With questions for discussion

Reflections

Story telling
Real life stories
  • Dev’s story
  • Rahena’s story
  • Simon’s story
  • Ana’s story
  • Carl’s story

Recipe - suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

  • Megan’s story; the work of the Salvation Army
  • Making soup to share with others

Dispossession - how am I changing?

  • Going home....what will I leave behind?
  • What new things will I take home with me?
  • Info