Taking place 15-18 April 2019
Over the centuries, pilgrims made their way across England to various places of worship, including Lincoln Cathedral, and today, these pilgrim routes are being rediscovered and reimagined.
The new “Journeys of Faith” series of pilgrimages to Lincoln Cathedral are set to themes of social justice and religious freedom and provide an opportunity for modern day pilgrims to step aside from the routine business of day-to-day living and make a conscious effort to reassess life, personal circumstances and ambitions.
We would like to invite you to join us on our next journey to the Cathedral, starting from St James’ Church in the historic parish of Louth on 15 April 2019.
So why would you want to spend 4 days walking 50 miles with a group of strangers? Here are some reasons why you might decide to join us:
There’s a personal challenge in walking for 4 days, mainly cross-country, in our unpredictable weather but there is also a sense of achievement, collecting ‘Journeys’ numbers in Pilgrim Passports from 15 churches along the way. Sleeping overnight in churches and village halls will also add to the adventure (although you won’t have to carry your bedding on the pilgrimage!)
Camaraderie and Friendship
There’s something about walking that slows us all down and makes conversation much easier. Making new friends and sharing experiences is a natural consequence of the ‘Journey’.
Lincolnshire has a fantastic, rich history; its people founded a monastery, negotiated the Magna Carta, marched in thousands against the dissolution of the monasteries, sailed across the Atlantic, and composed hundreds of hymns. The “Journeys of Faith” pilgrimages embrace much of that local history as we explore each of the churches on route.
Pilgrimage offers time out for reflection and taking stock. Walking and chatting is fine for most people but walking a little behind the group at times allows for personal space and quiet.
Connection with Nature
There are both physical and mental health benefits from the exercise and social contacts on a pilgrimage and the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside assists in a general feeling of wellbeing.
A pilgrimage involves an outward physical expedition accompanied by an inner spiritual journey. It has the potential to be life changing and transformative, bringing a new perspective, a sense of healing or a moment of decision.
The pilgrimage costs £20, plus food purchased by pilgrims on route.
If you would like to join us, please email Alan Wilson, Journeys of Faith Team Leader firstname.lastname@example.org