A warm invitation!
You are invited to become a part of a special pilgrimage to Glastonbury. We shall be travelling there by different means but as a "pilgrim people together" treading in the footsteps of countless people through the centuries who have made their way to this ancient Christian centre.
Pilgrimage is more than just “getting there”. If it is to affect us at all, we need to allow the whole experience to work on us and within us. The effort of the journey itself, the interactions with others on the way; the opportunities to reflect and ponder about things past, present and future – by no means all religious.
Arriving at Glastonbury will bring us all together with the others who have come by different means. Some will have taken a long time and expended a lot of physical effort. Others have taken time just today to seek some form of spiritual refreshment and to build up a sense of a common journey.
You are invited to join this pilgrimage day in the spirit of journeying together on the Christian Way. There will be up to 5 different "routeways" being planned. All will culminate in a shared picnic and then pilgrim service in the grounds and chapel of Glastonbury Abbey ruins.
Perhaps, by the end of the pilgrimage, the words of T. S. Eliot will resonate with us – reflecting something of our experiences journeying together?
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
From “Little Gidding” stanza V by T. S. Eliot, part of The Four Quartets and published by Faber and Faber.More information from Tim Spinney and Harold Stephens at the Minster