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.
Our objectives are:
- to help to deepen the faith of Christians when they make a visit or come on pilgrimage and
- to help those who do not yet know God’s transforming love to begin their journey of faith
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!
Below is a list of our sessions to date (notes from each are available by request from firstname.lastname@example.org ) Please do consider coming to forthcoming events 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.
- FULLY BOOKED. 11 a.m. – 3.00p.m. 8th February at Tŷ Deiniol (next to the Cathedral, Bangor) There is a free study day on the subject of Pilgrimage: ‘Pilgrimage, history, place, the present and the ordinary’ – details here (click on this link) A number of us are car-sharing so please contact email@example.com if you need a lift.
- Canon Paul Rattigan at Liverpool Cathedral is offering an evening of pilgrimage around this special building’s great space: 7.00pm – 9.00pm Wednesday 14th March. Lift-sharing is even more important for this trip so please indicate your interest by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of January so that we can contact the Cathedral in early February and organise some pre-event hospitality if numbers allow. Brief details here on this link.
Involvement in Volunteering
- Please strongly consider supporting the opening of St Mary’s Conwy for the 2018 visitor season. It would be of huge benefit if those who have attended our pilgrimage project sessions got involved, wherever we usually worship – and may be even involve neighbours and friends we think would be good hosts and would be open to beginning a relationship with us in this way. The two dates for your diary are:
- Visitor Welcome Open Afternoon: Tuesday 6th February 1.30pm – 3.00pm in St Mary’s Conwy an opportunity to thank those who volunteered last year and set out our aspirations for 2018 – with tea and cake. An opportunity for those considering volunteering to find out what’s involved before signing up and for training. See details here
- Visitor Welcome Training Morning: 9.30am – 12.30pm Monday 12th March in St Mary’s Conwy
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 ‘Preparing the Ground’ at St Mary’s Conwy
Session 8: Monday 23rd October: ‘Mapping out the Pilgrimage Project’: What have we learned so far & Who are we trying to reach?
Session 9: 2.00pm – 4.00pm Monday 4th December: ‘Mapping out the Pilgrimage Project stage 2!’
Session 10: 2.00pm – 4.00pm Tuesday 9th January: Setting priorities and timetable for 2018