We walked with 36 people from the church of St Mary with St Alban which is in Teddington. The youngest was 5 and the oldest was 85 years and they completed the 11 mile walk between our valley churches.
|Our two vicars getting to know each other.|
We walked and chatted, exchanging stories with each other and our visitors, and got to know each other. We stopped at each church and listened to bible readings (Luke 24:13-34) that told of the events on the road to Emmaus. There was a coffee stop at Winterborne Stickland, a lunch stop at Winterborne Whitechurch, where sandwiches had been prepared for our visitors and a wonderful tea waiting for us at Milton Abbas. A huge thank you to all of you who helped to prepare these - we couldn't have done it without you.
Walking this walk with visitors, certainly helped us to see the beautiful valleys with fresh eyes and to appreciate what a very special place we live in.
Emily D'Silva planted the idea many months ago. Teddington usually had an annual pilgrimage - and there has been a valley walk for twelve years. For the thirteenth year, it was a great idea to bring a spiritual dimension to our walk by joining with Teddington on their Pilgrimage and also raise money for two charities that are supported by people in our benefice - Trust and Doublejoy.
Some of our visitors stayed with members of our churches and new friends were made.
We joined together on Sunday morning for morning worship and the singing was tremendous!
Already talk of a return visit was being heard in the aisles!
Many thanks to the D'Silva family, Father Joe and Alan for all their organising and making this weekend happen!
― James Frey, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible