A NOTE FROM MARION THOMAS
Walking the Way - literally!
The idea of pilgrimage continues to attract me - and I am not alone in that. There seems to have been a revival of interest in recent years in this ancient form of spiritual devotion. I was interested in the television series “The Pilgrimage: Road to Santiago” shown last year, when a group of celebrities were filmed walking part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. At one level it was yet another celebrity reality show, but at another it highlighted the fascination with things spiritual which still seems to be there in our supposedly secular society.
As you would imagine, the group consisted of some obviously Christian people and others who were quite vocally anti, but they all seemed to gain something from the experience. I think this is because pilgrimage is such an interesting mixture of the devotional and the practical, the personal and the social, the profound and the mundane. I have been looking at ways of trying to offer something of that experience, and after a failed attempt at a big Synod-wide event last year, we are offering something on a smaller, more local scale at a location near you in 2019.
Plans are underway for a series of pilgrimage walks in three of the Areas of our Synod. The idea will be simply to turn up and walk a route together, stopping for prayer at points along the way. There will be a route map with suggested prayer topics, and the opportunity to share in fellowship with others along the way. The venues will be Sutton Park on 11th May, Bedworth Park on 8th June and Rodborough Common on 13th July. People are welcome to come along to the one nearest home, or to commit to the journey for all three - whatever you feel able to do, I am sure you will find refreshment for the spirit. There will be more details nearer the time, but please put the dates in your diary now.
This is my “organised project” for the year, but actually my job is to offer encouragement to those of you who want to deepen your prayer life in any sense of the word. I have resources to recommend, information about quiet days and retreats, and contacts with people who offer spiritual companionship in various forms. So I encourage you all to keep thinking of and speaking to God, and if I can be of any support in your prayer journey please feel free to contact me.
Synod Silence and Retreats Co-ordinator