The Bro Celynnin Ministry Area has 5 medieval churches with very special atmospheres in stunning settings. In 2017, we have started exploring what pilgrimage is and how we can use what God has given us in these amazing places to deepen our own faith and work together to help our visitors and the wider community engage and enjoy the richness of how God speaks now, very personally and about what concerns our society today.
We’ve embarked on a big and enjoyable task, learning a lot about ourselves and one another as we are discovering, or sometimes re-discovering, the gifts God has given us! Here are our sessions to date (notes from each are available by request from firstname.lastname@example.org ) Please do consider coming to those in the planning or simply get in touch if ‘Pilgrimage’ scratches where you itch! It doesn’t matter that you haven’t been to the previous sessions – and certainly, watch this space as our project takes shape.
Session 1: January: What is Pilgrimage?
Session 2: February: Embarking on the project to develop pilgrimages in Bro Celynnin
Session 3: March: ‘Preparing the Ground’ at St Benedict’s Gyffin
Session 4: April 6th Walk to Llangelynnin Church
Session 5: May 16th ‘Preparing the Ground’ at St Mary’s Caerhun
Session 6: July 8th ‘Preparing the Ground’ at St Peter’s Llanbedr-y-Cennin
Session 7: September 2nd 9.30am – 12.30pm ‘Preparing the Ground’ at St Mary’s Conwy
We enjoyed an inspiring and interesting morning beginning with a short act of worship before learning more about St Mary’s, and then a chance to break into groups to find those features which contained the richest sources for reflection.
Session 8: Monday 23rd October 7.00pm – 9.00pm at the Vicarage: ‘Mapping out the Pilgrimage Project’ – assessing our work so far and setting goals to produce specific materials and/or activities to develop pilgrimage within the overall development of Bro Celynnin We have certainly amassed a large amount of information now that we have run sessions in all 5 churches and the number of different ways we could use it to develop spiritual journeying here are great! So, as the next stage we propose an evening session at the Vicarage to map out the project from here. As there is due to be a workshop offered by Phil Davies from Bangor Diocese on the wider subject of mission development planning on Saturday 14th October (details to follow), we propose meeting just after that to work up how pilgrimage specifically can fit into that model.