In June a group of young Christians (YCCN) from all denominations set off from Lands End (Cornwall) to walk to Glasgow in time for the COP 26 Conference which begins on 1<sup>st</sup> November . Along the way they are engaging with local communities raising awareness of the issues of climate change and climate justice. People from local communities have been joining them for sections of their walk as their route progressed through their parishes and communities.
Unfortunately, their route, once they reach Manchester, veers off to the East Coast, bypassing Cumbria. To show solidarity and to join in this awareness raising pilgrimage, leaders from our churches in the Coast to Fells Mission Community are planning their own pilgrimage to coincide with the YCCN pilgrimage taking place on the other side of the country.
Beginning on the Tuesday 5<sup>th</sup> October and ending on the Thursday 7<sup>th</sup> October, Leaders from our Mission Community, joined by folks from our communities and parishes, will be walking around all the churches in our Mission Community to raise awareness of the issue of climate change and the COP 26 Conference in Glasgow. We would like to invite folks to join with us for as much or as little as you can manage. If walking is not for you then do meet with us for our prayers services at the beginning and end of each day and/or when we visit your church on route.
The programme with estimated timings is below:
Tuesday October 5th
10 a.m. The walk begins with a service of Holy Communion at St Pauls Frizington
A circular walk beginning and ending at St Paul’s Frizington, passing Frizington Methodist Church, St Michael's, Arlecdon, St Michael's Lamplugh with a stop off for cake and coffee at 3pm at Kirkland Mission Church. 10.30a.m. - 4.30 p.m. (approximately)
4:30pm Ending with prayers at St Paul’s.
Total: 13 Miles.
Wednesday October 6th
9 a.m. Prayers at St Bees Priory
A linear walk beginning at St Bees Priory and ending at St Mary's, Ennerdale via St John's, Bigrigg and St John's in the Hall Cleator Moor, Cleator Moor Methodist Church. 9.15 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. (approximately)
Total: 10 miles including some fell walking
Thursday 7th October
9 a.m. Prayers at St Mary and St Michaels, Egremont.
Two short circular walks beginning and ending in Egremont. Morning: St Mary and St Michaels, Egremont via Thornhill Mission, Haile parish church to the Meeting Place Egremont at about noon, Afternoon: St Leonard's, Cleator and St Marys Cleator, including the Grotto, returning along the River to St Mary and St Michael's.
9.15 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (approximately)
Total: 5.5.miles in the morning and 5.5 miles in the afternoon.