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Report on 2014 Pilgrimage
The 2014 Bradwell Pilgrimage on 12th July was a great success! We had pleasant weather, an inspiring speaker, Rev Dr Kate Coleman, lots of games and activities for children and moving acts of worship. Photos from the day are in the Gallery section.
Our speaker, Kate Coleman, is the current Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council, the UK's largest organisation serving evangelical Christians. She had been invited to lead the Pilgrimage because of her inspirational style. This quickly became apparent as she spoke on the theme Sent. Kate told us that the baton had been passed on to us and that we were being sent out with God's message into Great Britain and an imperfect world. If God does our sending then it will never be wasted, because we are God's gift to the world.
Once again it was wonderful to see so many Christians from throughout Essex and East London spending a day at Bradwell and joining in worship, learning, praying and playing together. It was a real day of fellowship with pilgrims exploring their faith and being challenged by the speaker. It was especially good to welcome the recently ordained Bishop of Brentwood, Alan Williams, the Bishop of Mbeere, Moses Nthuka, together with several other Kenyans, and the Dean of Chelmsford, Nicholas Hensall, who was at his first Bradwell Pilgrimage. There were also two Swedes from the Diocese of Karlstadt. They had taken part, with 34 others, in the Chelmsford Diocesan Pilgrimage from Lindisfarne to Bradwell.
The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, led the worship in the absence of Bishop John Wraw who is unwell.
Many thanks go to all those who worked so hard to make the event such a success, with a special mention to Gail and Matthew Dell, the Wardens of the adjacent Othona Community. They are retiring later this year and have worked hard for several years to help make the Pilgrimage run so smoothly and be so enjoyable.
Another person to be acknowledged is Rev Lee Batson who is stepping down from the organising committee.
It is impossible to thank everyone who contributed, but we would highlight the many tasks carried out by members of St Thomas' Church in Bradwell Village, the music from Rayleigh Salvation Army Band and the Christ Church (Braintree) Worship Team, the games from the Brentwood Diocesan Youth Service, the children's activities on Bar'n'Bus and the posters along the path produced by the children of St Cedd's School, Bradwell.
Please accept our apologies if your contribution has not been noted - it was much appreciated.
The 2015 Bradwell Pilgrimage is on Saturday 4th July! Make sure that you put in your Diary for next year!!
Pictures from the 2014 Pilgrimage have now been added to the Photo Gallery!
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