About the Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness & Blessing

Between Advent 2015 and Trinity 2016 I will be engaging in a Diocesan Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing.

The vision for this Pilgrimage lies in the roots of our Christian Heritage. As I have prayed and waited on God, I have been inspired by the great Northern Saints, such as Aidan, Cuthbert, and Hilda who took to the road to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

To those of you who will be providing hospitality of sanctuary and refectory, I want to say a huge thank you. As we meet and pray together, I pray that we may be a mutual blessing one to another. But the sanctuary and the refectory are only part of the story. We must also get out on the road! We are a Church on the road in mission ready to make Christ known in word and deed. Come and join me, in prayer and in person, so that together we may be part of God’s transforming work in this Diocese.

Between Advent 2015 and Trinity 2016 I will be engaging in a Diocesan Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing. I am therefore writing to invite you to participate in this Pilgrimage, whether through prayer or in person.

The vision for this Pilgrimage lies in the roots of our Christian Heritage. As I have prayed and waited on God, I have been inspired by the great Northern Saints, such as Aidan, Cuthbert, and Hilda who took to the road to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

As part of his discipline of life Aidan ensured a balance between the sanctuary, the refectory and the road. His discipleship began in the sanctuary with worship. Having met with God in prayer and worship, he met with others in the refectory to be built up through food and fellowship. Having been strengthened in body and spirit he then set out on the road to proclaim the Gospel to all.

If he met with someone on the road he would ask them if they were a Christian. If they said ‘yes’, he would pray with them and teach them a Psalm. If they said ‘no’ he would talk with them until they were able to make their own profession of faith.

It is this challenge to leave the safety of the sanctuary and the refectory and set out on the road that lies behind this Pilgrimage. It is a sign that our first call is to be a Church on the road in mission, because we are joining in with a God who is already on the road seeking out those whom He loves and bringing them home.

I am also seeking a balance in what happens ‘on the road’. This is to be a Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing.

A Pilgrimage of Prayer - As I walk, I will be taking time to listen to God for His will for us as a Diocese. I will be using the surroundings as an inspiration to intercede for all who live in this fantastic part of God’s kingdom. As I meet with people and talk about their hopes and dreams, their fears and disappointments, I will also pray with them, knowing that each time we cry out to God, He hears and responds.

A Pilgrimage of Witness - I will be taking every opportunity, like Aidan, to talk to all those with whom I meet about the love of God made visible in Jesus Christ. I long for the people I meet to be refreshed in faith and hope in Christ, possibly for the first time.

A Pilgrimage of Blessing - As I walk I will be keeping watch for those places where God’s Kingdom is breaking in and seeking to bless them. This will in turn inspire further intercession that we may see more of the power of God making a difference amongst us.

To those of you who will be providing hospitality of sanctuary and refectory, I want to say a huge thank you. As we meet and pray together, I pray that we may be a mutual blessing on to another.

But the sanctuary and the refectory are only part of the story. We must also get out on the road! We are a Church on the road in mission ready to make Christ known in word and deed. Come and join me so that together we may be part of God’s transforming work in this Diocese.

See you on the road!
With every blessing,

Archbishop Sentamu

 

With thanks to Welcome to Yorkshire

 


Shared Testimonies - Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing


Maddy & Rosie’s Testimony

Maddy, a mum of 2 girls, talks about the baptism of her youngest daughter - Rosie - who was baptised in a Rag Well at Great Hatfield on the Archbishop's Pilgrimage

Caroline’s Testimony

Caroline, a primary school teacher recalls the 3 Ps of the Pilgrimage - these are Pace, Prayers and Personal Touch when she joined the Pilgrimage walk in her area.

Jack’s Testimony

Jack shares his experience of being confirmed by the Archbishop at Pocklington and meeting the Archbishop on his journey.

Pat’s Testimony

Pat, a widow, hosted the Archbishop for his week at the Bridlington Deanery. We hear from her how prayer has helped her through bereavement and how the Pilgrimage has encouraged her and others.

Jean and Peter’s Testimony

Jean and Peter share their experience of meeting the Archbishop on his Pilgrimage with Susan, their daughter who was a terminally-ill patient at St Catherine's Hospice. We hear how prayers helped Susan find peace with God and her family too.

Ruth’s Testimony

Ruth, a churchwarden at Mappleton and Goxhill, explains how she helped to organise the Archbishop's visit to her village as part of his Pilgrimage.

Bronnie’s Testimony

Bronnie, a lay reader, shares her experience of joining in the Archbishop's Pilgrimage and on loving the Lord's Prayer.

Mike’s Testimony

Mike, a prison chaplain, speaks about the q & a session at HMP Full Sutton which the Archbishop visited on his Pilgrimage.

Anne’s Testimony

Anne, a school chaplain, explains how she came to pray the Lord's Prayer with a homeless man just a few days after the Archbishop's Pilgrimage at her school.

Ian’s Testimony

Ian shares his experience of how the Archbishop encouraged individuals in Northern Ryedale, in the Archdeaconry of Cleveland.

Matthew’s Testimony

Matthew, a Year 10 student, reflects about praying about what is on your heart and of meeting the Archbishop on his Pilgrimage.

Baptism at Crayke Church

Archbishop Sentamu baptised three children at Crayke during his Pilgrimage in the Easingwold Deanery.