St Clement’s Parish in Ewell enjoyed a Share the Journey walk in solidarity with people on the move. Jonathan Inns, Parish Volunteer in St Clements and Area Coordinator for Epsom Deanery tells us about the walk:
‘We had around 24 people attend the oldest was 96 and the youngest was 1 year old.’
St Clements Ewell in Nonesuch Park about to start their walk
‘We stood under the shade of a big oak tree and reflected and prayed before the walk. We then walk for 4km and finished with a closing pray and shared picnic. It was very hot during the walk and some people felt the need to rest half way along. It made us all realise the terrible journeys people face in extreme weather often unable to stop and rest. We realised just how blessed we are.’
Our thanks go to Jonathan and the parish of St Clements in Ewell for their compassion and solidarity. Their miles will be added to the totaliser and I’m confident their prayers will be heard.
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The Parish of The Good Shepherd co-organised an ecumenical CAFOD ‘Share the Journey’ walk on Thursday 28th June. Kevin and Linda Dignum, parish volunteers, share with us how the walk went.
“There were four stages to the walk visiting five churches en-route. It began at 9.30 am at St. John’s C of E Church in Hollington with introductory prayers and distribution of cards and then called in on Holy Redeemer RC Church, St. Matthew’s C of E Church and St. John’s C of E Church, central St. Leonards.
“Each church stop involved a prayer and a refugee story, and we also heard some background information to each particular church. The walk concluded at St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Church with closing prayers and a fifth refugee story. The stages ranged from 0.1 miles to 1.2 miles each, with a total distance being just under three miles so most could join in if they wanted to. We received a warm welcome at each of our stops.
Setting of from St. John’s C of E Church in Hollington.
“In our town we have a significant number of refugees and asylum-seekers, so we made time to think of them as well as those featured in the CAFOD stories. Fifteen participants walked a total of seventy miles as our contribution towards the “Walk Around The World”. The “Share the Journey” cards were distributed at the beginning of the walk and most were returned, signed, at the end of the walk.”
Our thanks go to Kevin and Linda Dignum for arranging the walk and all those who participated in the walk. To take part in the campaign and see how far we’ve got in our walk around the world, do see our Share the Journey webpage.
The ecumenical group at the end of their walk, having walked 70 miles between them
On Saturday 23 June, 33 parishioners from St Mary of the Angels in Worthing, gathered by the Pier to take walks along the prom. There was a number of walks to choose from of varying lengths, each returning to the start where cards were signed to the Prime Minister as part of the international Share the Journey campaign.
Worthing’s official Town Crier, Bob Smytherman, was there to announce the event and set the walkers off. There was also four generations of one family calling for a united response to the refugees and migrants crisis.
Part of the gathered group for the Worthing Prom Walk
The final tally for the prom walk was 103 miles walked & 129 cards signed by walkers, parishioners, & passers by.
Our thanks go to the parishioners and walkers of St Mary of the Angels Parish, to Rod and the volunteers who organised the walk, and to Dereck Prentis from the parish who sent us this story. Full marks go to Angela who did 13 miles – to Littlehampton & back!