Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) has offered
pilgrimage over the past few years in a number of ways, all open to
any women with an interest in Christian spirituality. Past
President Jill Baker co-ordinates this area of activity:
Walking pilgrimages between Durham and
- Between 2014 and 2016, 5 groups of women (aged from 22-76) have
walked/will walk around 30 miles over three days (plus some public
transport) to connect Durham, the burial place of St. Cuthbert,
with Lindisfarne, where he ministered and was briefly bishop. The
pilgrimage ends in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
- Each pilgrimage has included a short service in Seahouses
Methodist Church and an opportunity to worship with members of the
local Methodist congregation.
- After the final MWiB pilgrimage along this route in August
2016, more information will be posted on the MWiB website (www.mwib.org.uk) and made
available in these pages if other groups want to use the same
Pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine
- In November 2015 a group of 34 women travelled with McCabe's
Tour Company to spend 11 days in the Holy Land with 6 nights in
Jerusalem and 4 nights in Tiberias.
- A similar pilgrimage may be organised at some point in the
future (not before 2018) - updates will be given in these
Coming soon: Walking pilgrimage in Scotland
- A route is currently being devised to link Glasgow with
Whithorn. This will initially be offered, hopefully in summer
2017, as a walking/public transport pilgrimage for women, but the
pilgrimage may be repeated for other groups at a later date.
Watch this space.
- More information about the Whithorn Way can be found at www.whithornway.org
- The intention is to engage with Methodism in Scotland now, as
well as exploring something of the religious history of the land,
especially the lives of St. Mungo and St. Ninian.
Pilgrimage in Ireland
- A four day pilgrim walk to celebrate the feast day of St
Finbarr will be held in West Cork from 18th-23rd September led by
David Ross. See http://topoftherock.ie/holiday-weeks/ for more
- In 1061 the Lady of the Manor had a vision of Mary along with
instructions to build the Nazareth house in Walsingham. A
spring appeared and a shrine grew up, often known as "England's
- Walsingham has an Anglican shrine (with a large residential
centre and facilities) and a Roman Catholic shrine based at the
"Slipper Chapel" a mile away and receives many Anglican and Roman
- Walsingham Methodist chapel (the oldest Methodist chapel still
in use in East Anglia) is open regularly during the tourist season
as part of the local tradition of offering
hospitality/encounter. Rev. Jenny Pathmarajah, minister of
the small Methodist congregation is exploring what else Methodism
- Rev. Adam Stevenson and other Methodists have been involved in
pilgrimage to Walsingham through the Ecumenical Marian Pilgrimage
- Potential exists for exploring vocation (Mary as a woman who
said "yes"); being a woman in the Christian church; Family
- Rev. Simon Topping organised and led a pilgrimage to Tolpuddle
for young adults in 2015, which highlighted the social justice
issues relating to the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, linking that
with current employment justice issues.
- The original Methodist chapel where the Tolpuddle Martyrs
worshipped has been bought by a trust to be renovated and restored,
which could generate interest.
- There is a small handful of Methodists there.
- An annual event takes place in Tolpuddle, organised by the TUC,
in which the Methodist district (Southampton) plays a part and has
Other activities/anecdotes which have, or could have, an
element of pilgrimage
- Good Friday/Palm Sunday (& other) walks of witness -
especially praying in significant places (link to "healing on the
- "Green walks" with environmental focus.
- Days out... e.g. (as practised in Darlington district) - a
coach trip with young people to climb a mountain, have communion at
summit, descend then go out for meal together - a day
- Local Methodist Church Walking Club - Observation that one
church which has held monthly walks on a Saturday for decades now
has a much larger percentage of men in the congregation than the
- Prayer walks around a church building - using prayer
stations/prayer journeys. This can offer a form of pilgrimage
to those who would be unable to engage in a walk/journey of any
length. Use of labyrinth can offer similar opportunities -
even finger labyrinth done in chair for those without mobility (see
more under Resources).
- Walking the Keills in the Isle of Man - or similar parish
walks/beating the bounds.
- Walking within a local circuit - Walks between churches meeting
for prayer, worship (& usually refreshment) in different
churches and walking between the buildings, inviting the members
(& others) to come along and tell the story of the area.
Experience in Glasgow where this has given rise to meaningful and
- Bus route pilgrimage - use bus passes/day tickets to travel an
entire bus route, stopping off at any churches on the route (for
refreshments); praying for the city/town/community as you
DMLN Study Tours
- Whilst not offered as pilgrimage per se, several study tours
have been organised by Rev. Dr. Stephen Skuce (Director of
Scholarship, Research and Innovation) to pilgrimage sites inc
Israel/Palestine and Rome - which seek to provide context and
background for encounters in these locations. See Conferences, Study Tours,
Methodist Heritage sites(or any
Methodist buildings/sites in your locality) could give rise to
pilgrimage, perhaps in conjunction with Methodist Heritage.
There is interest around in developing long-distance pilgrimage
routes to the key sites, not least amongst partner churches
overseas. If you would be interested in working on this (or
already are) - do share your findings (email firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Whilst not offered as pilgrimage per se,
several study tours have been organised by Rev. Dr. Stephen Skuce
(Director of Scholarship, Research and Innovation) to pilgrimage
sites inc Israel/Palestine and Rome - which seek to provide
context and background for encounters in these locations. See
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