Our Lady Immaculate & St Philip’s in Uckfield and St John the Evangelist Heron’s Ghyll gathered for their Share the Journey walk in June. A good crowd gathered in support of the campaign which calls on Theresa May to ensure that global agreements on refugees and migrants uphold the dignity and rights of people on the move.
People set off from church after a blessing by Fr Ian Vane and made their way to the Victoria Pleasure Grounds where the walk started. Eighteen people and a dog took part in the short and pleasant walk. During the walk people reflected on the stories of real refugees from around the world and prayed for people on the move.
We had initially hoped to walk once around the world in solidarity – 24,000 miles, but so far we have walked almost 100,000 miles – over 4 times round the world! See our totaliser to find the latest figure. The parish also signed our petition to Theresa May asking her to ensure that the upcoming global agreements on refugees and migrants uphold their rights and dignity (see below). Our thanks go to the parish and volunteers of Uckfield and Heron’s Ghyll and all those who have taken part in our campaign.
If you haven’t been involved yet, it’s not too late. This could be by organising a simple walk for your community, going for a walk yourself or signing our petition. See our Share the Journey Webpage for more information.
Good news! We now have two people who are happy to support you in getting your community campaigning.
Rod Thick, Campaign Volunteer Coordinator
Rod (left) is our Parish Volunteer in St Mary of the Angels in Worthing. Rod has been a great campaigner for many years and knows what is involved in getting a parish engaged in a campaign. The picture was taken as Rod was handing in a petition to Sainsbury’s about their switching away from Fairtrade Tea.
Rod is also our Livesimply Parish Accompanier and, after his parish became our diocese’s first Livesimply Parish he helped Holy Angels in Ash to get the award too. There are several parishes in the diocese working towards the award at present. Do get in touch if you’d like a little help in that regard.
Roger Morton Campaigns Volunteer Coordinator
Roger (right) is a Parish Volunteer in Cranleigh and used to work for CAFOD here in A&B. He has always been passionate about campaigning and has been involved in so many parishes in the past that we’ve lost count. Roger has been helping us Coordinate Campaigns Volunteers for quite a while now and he’s delighted to be joined by Rod.
Roger and Rod will initially seek to support volunteers in Deaneries which don’t yet have an Area Coordinators (Cathedral, Brighton, Eastbourne and Lewes for Rod and Redhill and Woking for Roger). There is still plenty of time to organise a simple walk or a card-signing for our Share the Journey campaign. Our next campaigning moment (for those who have already Shared the Journey with their parish) will be the World Day of Prayer for Creation where we’ll be asking parishes to run a prayer vigil for creation from the 1st of September to the 4th of October.
Roger and Rod will get in touch with our campaigning volunteers over the next few weeks. Do get in touch with us if you’d like to talk to them sooner.
Our thanks go to Rod and Roger and we look forward to future campaigning!
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.
Add your name to our petition asking our Prime Minister to play a leading role in the forthcoming global compacts on migration and refugees.