…about three things. Firstly, it is a personal decision to leave where you are for somewhere else. It requires courage. The physical act of journeying is a visible representation of the inward voyage of discovery with God that is being undertaken. The seeking pilgrim always travels inwardly, as well as outwardly. Secondly, pilgrimage is an intentional devotional act. It is a period of time from one’s life that is set aside for encounter with God, on God’s terms. It is a kind of Sabbath Rest. You cannot effectively do pilgrimage, at the same time as having other aims for your walk. It is a moment between you and God. Thirdly, pilgrimage is about opening yourself up to having unexpected, surprising and even challenging encounters with God and with people. When we set out on pilgrimage, it is on God’s terms, and only He knows where we will end up, physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.
The three pilgrimages that we will be offering this year are short introductions to the concept of becoming a pilgrim, which is a life-long expedition in faith and discipleship. Each pilgrimage will last about one hour, and we will be gently walking for much of that time. The events also provide a specific prayer-focus for different community needs during Totnes Prayer Wave 2019.
Saturday 1st June at 10.00 am – 11.00 am – A Pilgrimage for Freedom
Starting at Longmarsh Car Park, Steamer Quay Road, Bridgetown TQ9 5AL, the pilgrimage will end at St. Mary’s Church, High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5NN.
Key Question: What is it that paralyses our community, and prevents spiritual and personal growth? This pilgrimage will focus upon asking God to free people, and places, from the shackles of evil, sin, fear, despair, missed opportunity and hopelessness, that can paralyse both individuals and whole communities.
Please bring a Bible, a small photograph of your childhood family, and a small notebook.
Monday 3rd June at 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm – A Pilgrimage for Hope
Starting at Hope Close, Bridgetown TQ9 5YD, the pilgrimage will end at St. John’s Church, Bridgetown TQ9 5AB.
Key Question: What does a picture of a preferable future for our community look like? This pilgrimage will be focussed upon asking God to give a tangible and compelling vision for your own life, and for the community in which you live.
Please bring a Bible, a small mirror, and a small notebook.
Thursday 6th June at 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm – A Pilgrimage for Renewal
Starting at Bridge Road, Follaton, TQ9 5FG, the pilgrimage will end at St. Mary’s Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN.
Key Question: What do we need to courageously prune, so that we can grow? This pilgrimage will be focussed upon discerning what needs to be removed from, or added-to, your life, and that of your community, to enable you and others to grow spiritually, socially, relationally and personally, as God has intended.
Please bring a Bible, a 2-foot length of bramble with thorns, and a small notebook
For further information please contact Steve Jones (01803 550674 or firstname.lastname@example.org)