Saturday 12th July 2014!
One of the UK's most influential black Christian women leaders is to be the keynote speaker at this year's Bradwell Pilgrimage, which will have the theme of Sending Out.
The Rev Dr Kate Coleman is the current Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council, the UK's largest organisation serving evangelical Christians, and was invited to lead the Pilgrimage on Saturday 12 July because of her inspirational style.
She was president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain in 2006/7 and is founder and co-director of Next Leadership, an organisation committed to inspiring men and women to become leaders in church life, public and private companies and the voluntary sector.
Kate is a popular preacher, teacher, speaker, lecturer and strategic adviser with over 26 years' pastoral and leadership experience. The Rev Lee Batson, chair of the Bradwell Pilgrimage Committee and Ecumenical Officer for Churches Together in Essex and East London, said: We were very pleased indeed that Kate accepted our invitation. She has gained a reputation as a visionary and an inspiration to many and she will no doubt bring that inspiration to the many hundreds of people who will attend the Bradwell Pilgrimage.
Report on 2013
We have had another marvellous Pilgrimage! We had unbroken sunshine, a warm temperature, with a pleasant breeze from the sea. The keynote speaker, the Rt Revd Thomas McMahon, Bishop of Brentwood, gave an inspiring address comparing the long standing and continuing energy of St Peter's Chapel with that from, the now closed, nuclear power station. Our worship at the Chapel was devised by Rev Brigid Main, the Chaplain of the Chapel, and included brief presentations from a dozen people from all over Essex, and of many different denominations in which they explained what 'Faith is...'. They then put a piece in a large rainbow jigsaw which formed a cross. At the end of the service we all took a cockle shell home as a reminder of a wonderful and inspiring day. Cockle shells are a symbol of pilgrimage as the ribs on the shell start apart but then converge and then join together, just as we had done. Today's shells were gathered from the beach by pilgrims between the services.
Pilgrims were called to worship by the bells of St Thomas' Church in Bradwell village, with worship led by the Bishop of Bradwell, the Rt Rev John Wraw, the Bishop of Brentwood and the Rector, Rev Patrick McEune. Our singing was accompanied by the Rayleigh Salvation Army band and the worship band of Christ Church, Braintree, which led the services at the Chapel. Thanks go to the many pilgrims who attended today, especially to the young people who had walked from St Mark's Audley End, Saffron Walden, and to all of the many people who contributed to its success.
Next year's Pilgrimage is on Saturday 14th July (please note the change to the second Saturday in July!) and will again be centred around the beautiful and historic St Peter's on the Wall Chapel. It will be a day to remember our heritage and celebrate the future as all walks of life come together to worship, sing, eat, play, sing and learn.
This website will give you all the information you need and will be updated regularly in the run-up to the Pilgrimage. If you have specific questions you can use the Guestbook facility.
Pictures from the 2013 Pilgrimage have now been added to the Photo Gallery!
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Pilgrimage 2012 photos can be found here but feel free to send us your contributions too - please use the Contact us facility and we'll send you an email address.