150th Anniversary Prayer Baton

For the last 3 months, the Anniversary Prayer Baton has been travelling the length and breadth of our nation. Its purpose is to act as a visual reminder of our Union together and the call to pray for all the churches of our nation.

Carved from 150-year old Scottish beech and yew wood, the Baton was created by Rolf Buwert and harvested from trees in the Drumlanrig Estate in Dumfries and Galloway. The baton is hollow and contains a record of its creation and a record of the places it has travelled to. At the end of the year photographs of the Baton’s journey will be placed inside as a record of the year.

On every occasion that the Baton is present in a local church, the congregation is invited to pray for our nation using a prayer written by Fiona Stewart based on Alan’s Assembly address “Give me also springs of water” prayer on our Weekly online Prayer liturgy found here

Already the Baton has been present at the launch of the Dumbarton churches ‘Awake’ initiative, the opening of the new Ellon Baptist Church building, and the joint prayer gatherings in Perth, Fife and the Borders. It was present to mark Larkhall’s 100th anniversary as well as at a recent gathering of the new church plant in Portlethen, Aberdeenshire. It will be travelling by ‘plane later in the year as it makes its way to Shetland and may also find its way onto a Calmac ferry!

You can follow the progress of the Baton and the movement of prayer it is encouraging on facebook with the hashtag #BUSprayerbaton

Woodturner, Rolf Buwert with the finished Prayer Baton
Woodturner, Rolf Buwert with the finished Prayer Baton