Sutton Coldfield Deanery Pilgrimage
Sutton Coldfield Deanery Pilgrimage to Birmingham Cathedral
As part of the 300th anniversary celebrations for St Philip’s Cathedral each deanery has been invited to take part in a special pilgrimage. As a number of Sutton Coldfield folk are also part of Bishop David’s Working Party on World Mission, which has been led by Bishop Maurice Sinclair, we have got together to arrange a pilgrimage that focuses on “Vision for Mission”. A key inspiration behind the day is Acts 13, and in particular verse 3:
“Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off”.
There will be elements of fasting and praying, as well as of pilgrimage, worship and celebration on our special day.
When: Saturday 9th May 2015, from 12 noon to 6.30pm
Where: St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham
Pilgrimage on foot:
Leaves Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield at 12 noon to walk along the canal tow path, accompanied by Bishop David. A second branch will leave Curdworth soon after. The two branches will converge and continue their journey into Birmingham. This is a walk of some 10 miles or so, and is for those who are physically fit as well as enthusiastic!
Pilgrimage by train:
For those not taking part in the walk into Birmingham there will be an opportunity to journey together by train. The train leaves Butlers Lane at 15.24, Four Oaks at 15.26, Sutton Coldfield at 15.30, Wylde Green at 15.32 and Chester Road at 15.34. Groups will meet at the stations in the Deanery for a short prayer, and then get on the train to Birmingham New Street. (Parishes have been allocated a starting station.)
Walkers and train travellers will meet up in Lower Temple Street to walk up to the Cathedral.
At the Cathedral:
Worship at 4.30pm will include prayer & praise, with a focus on prayer for World Mission. This will be helped by prayer stations set up by various mission groups, including:
STUDENT WORLD (Birmingham University Chaplaincy, Agape and Friends International)
MALAWI (Malawi Task Group)
Us (The mission agency formerly known as USPG)
KENYA (An Arocha project supported by Christ Church Quinton)
PAKISTAN (Theological education supported by St. Paul’s Dostill, St. John’s Harborne, and St. Germain’s Edgbaston through CMS)
ANGLICAN CHURCH IN BOLIVIA (Christ Church Selly Park and CMS)
MOTHERS’ UNION (Overseas Partners)
Our time of prayer and worship will come to an end at 6 p.m. with a charge from Bishop David, following which we shall “break the fast” with a picnic in the Cathedral grounds which should end by around 6.30p.m. Bring something to eat yourself and something to share. Hope to see you there!
Time 12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Venue Starts on foot and by train and ends at Birmingham Cathedral