The 2016 Bradwell Pilgrimage is on Saturday 2nd July!
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2015 was a great success!
More than 400 people flooded in to the Essex village of Bradwell-on-Sea for the annual Christian Pilgrimage on Saturday July 4.
Bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-20s ensured a bumper turnout of pilgrims from Essex, London and the Home Counties.
This year’s ecumenical pilgrimage included many more activities for families and the young. The procession from St Thomas Church to the 7th century St Peter on the Wall Chapel was led by the Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Bradwell John Wraw and other senior clergy from Essex and east London.
Protected by hats, sunscreen and taking plenty to drink the pilgrims walked two miles to the chapel field. There were activities for children and young people to join in alongside acts of worship for all ages.
This year’s pilgrimage had the apt theme of “Generous Welcome” because since the 1930s Bradwell villagers have afforded a warm welcome to their annual visitors. The event almost doubles the village population for the day.
St Peter’s chaplain the Rev Brigid Main said: “We were blessed with good weather and it was good to see so many doing the walk of faith. Many people have told me how much they enjoyed the day and next month we start planning for hopefully an equally successful pilgrimage for 2016.
This year’s keynote guest was Canon Michael Mitton, an influential speaker and Christian author who is an honorary Canon of Derby Cathedral - see below.
The centrepiece for the pilgrimage was the ancient chapel of St Peter on the Wall, built by Cedd, the Saint who brought Christianity to Saxon east Essex
An extra attraction was Ancient Marks an exhibition of art works by Chris Macallan, Artist in Residence at the Chapel this year.
Canon Michael Mitton
The 2015 speaker was the writer, speaker, spiritual accompanier, Michael Mitton.
Michael is a freelance writer, speaker and trainer offering a variety of services to individuals and groups and churches. He is also the part-time Fresh Expressions Officer for the Derby Diocese and Priest-in-charge of St Paul's Church, Chester Green, and an honorary canon of Derby Cathedral.
In 2012 his book ‘Travellers of the Heart’ was published. This book explores the different spiritualities that have been important to Michael on his journey through life.
Many thanks go to all those who worked so hard to make the event such a success.
Pictures from the 2015 Pilgrimage have now been added to the Photo Gallery!
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