Prayer Through Poetry


Praying through poetry can offer a way into praying that articulates things to us which previously we could not express, conveying how we really feel, making us think more deeply about faith, life, relationships, God and all that there is!

These reflective sessions will work with a variety of themes and poets and offer a space to taste the gift that poetry can bring in opening up our experience of prayer.

You are invited to bring a poem on a theme to each session. Information on the themes for 2023-24 will be posted on our website shortly or you can contact the office.  

Mark Russell-Smith is a retired Anglican Priest and Missionary living in York for whom Poetry of all sorts is providing a rich resource for and challenge to Contemplation and Prayer.


Dates and Bookings

Drop-in sessions at St Bede’s on the first Tuesday of the month 10am to 12pm – suggested donation £3 per session payable on the day.

  • 5 September 2023
  • 3 October 2023
  • 7 November 2023
  • 5 December 2023
  • 9 January 2024
  • 6 February 2024
  • 5 March 2024
  • 9 April 2024
  • 7 May 2024
  • 4 June 2024
  • 2 July 2024