St Leonards-on-Sea Shares the Journey with People on the Move.

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 Thomas of Canterbury and English Martyrs in St Leonard's-on-Sea.

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

The ecumenical group at the end of their walk, having walked 70 miles between them

prayers and distribution of cards. At each of the following three Churches (Holy Redeemer RC Church;  St. Matthew’s C of E Church and St. John’’s C of E Church, central St. Leonards), we will include a prayer and one of the refugee stories. The walk will then conclude at St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Church with closing prayers and a fifth refugee story, at about 1.15 pm.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Town Crier Joins Worthy Worthing Prom Walk

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.

Share the Journey What are we calling for

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

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!