ST BARTHOLOMEW'S PILGRIM TRAIL

Meet the grotesques

Walk down the centre aisle to the Grotesques.

The second pillar on the north side (left) is decorated with five caricatured heads, four human, one animal. We have no idea why the medieval mason created these quirky stone cartoons;  maybe they are people he knew, or maybe he was just being playful.

Pause and give thanks for the many and varied people in your life and for times of playfulness and enjoyment in their company.

Laughing God,
thank you for your gifts of humour and playfulness.
May I see your smile and share your joy
throughout my life. Amen

Continue down the aisle to the pulpit and lectern

The Pulpit and Lectern are by the chancel steps.

This is where we hear and reflect on the scriptures, God’s written word which still speaks to us today.

Pause here and ask to be more ready to hear God’s word for you in your life day by day.

Almighty God,
thank you for the gift of your holy word.
May it be a lantern to my feet,
a light upon my path
and a strength to my life. Amen

Turn left at the chancel steps towards the organ

The organ to the left of the steps was built by ‘Father’ Henry Willis. It was installed in 1876 and fully restored in 2004.

Music is one of the ways we offer our joys and sorrows, prayers and praises to God. The candle stand in front of the organ gives an opportunity for us to pray in a different way.

Pause to thank God for all the good things in your life and join the angels’ song of praise, saying:

Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.