The routes to Walsingham

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Virtual pilgrimage

Days: 7

Starting from: Your living room

Length: 0 miles

Cost: Free

We cannot be together in person again this year so we're building on the success of our 2020 virtual pilgrimage and taking Student and Pilgrim Cross online. Every day from Saturday 27 March to Holy Saturday we'll be hosting a daily liturgy led by one of our route groups on zoom. We'll also be broadcasting a programme of reflections offered by our pilgrims across the UK. Both are available live or to catch up on later. On Easter Sunday there will be an evening liturgy to celebrate Easter followed by our usual party - get working on your acts now!

On top of that, some of our groups are running their own schedule of social events and liturgy during the week to keep the community spirit of Student and Pilgrim Cross alive! You can choose a leg to join in with or just sign up to the central events. Sign up to get the full schedule and links for everything, or keep reading to find out what each group is offering.

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Essex

Although we can't be trekking through the stunning Norfolk countryside this year, we're still providing a mix of prayer, services and, of course, socials! We'll have pre-recorded morning prayer every day that you can watch at the best time for you and an adapted version of our Map service where we can unite though spread across the country. We'll have plenty of evening social time, including a quiz, with night prayer each evening at 9pm. As a leg we'll be doing the Maundy Thursday service for the whole pilgrimage. We'd love to have people old and new involved, and hope what we do will give you an insight into Essex!

Northern

Join us for a Holy Week of community, prayer and inspiration. Northern will be meeting on zoom for liturgy and for social events. We welcome people from different church traditions, and those who are exploring faith. Typically our liturgy is fresh and creative. We hope the week will be a safe space for doubts, questions, and sharing struggles. There will also be lots of space for fun. Through the week we will gather for a quiz, a party-piece evening, and every evening for informal chat. So come and give us a try, you will be welcome. Find out more here.

London

London leg would like to invite you to journey with us through Holy week, and become part of a community that enjoys plenty of music, liturgy and laughter. We will virtually follow our traditional route from Epping to Walsingham, with a mixture of liturgy and socials in the evenings, and an active WhatsApp group to help get you through the time in between. You might even get some merch in the post to accompany our remote pilgrimage.

Oxford

Oxford will start with a Blessing of Crosses on Friday evening and a trip to our virtual pub for a quiz night. Our regular Oxford meetings will be at 6pm, usually using the Office of Readings. We have traditional Palm Sunday activities planned and socials including 'Bible Show and Tell', Film Night, an Oxford themed quiz. On Maundy Thursday we will share in a virtual 'Love Feast' service. On Good Friday, after the reading of the Passion we hope to meet up with fellow pilgrims from other groups, much as we would in Walsingham. During Easter weekend we will be with Student and Pilgrim Cross as a whole, with a closing gathering before our pilgrimage ends.

Midland

Midland will be meeting virtually every day of Easter week at 8pm over Zoom for an hour of liturgy, reminiscing, and all-round Student and Pilgrim Cross jollity. There will also be a few occasions where we will have a slightly different schedule to our evening, or an extra event in the day. If you are interested in joining Midland sign up soon as places will be limited to 25 members in total, and some places will be kept for potential new walkers until closer to Holy Week.

Wensum

Wensum welcomes teenagers (and their parents) to a week of online pilgrimage which may involve less walking, but will give you a great feel for this lively group! We're planning on having a mix of liturgy including things such as a welcome service and running one of the pilgrimage's central liturgies. On top of this there will be plenty of socials such as kahoot quizzes and Jackbox games. We'd be glad to have you!

Peg

Peg is one of the family legs and we seek to enable children and parents to explore, enjoy and grow together. In addition to Student and Pilgrim Cross liturgy and events, Peg will also have a family-orientated offering. This includes children’s liturgies and evening prayer, parents’ evening prayers and socials, as well as arts and crafts for children to do with parents in their own time. This year, we are mindful that many children and parents will be at school or working during Holy Week, so events will be taking place at the weekends and some weekday evenings. Please note that there will be a small charge per family to cover the costs of arts and crafts, printing and postage.

Wells

Wells is mostly (but not exclusively) a group of families, usually with children ranging from babies up to early teens. Over this Holy Week, we are planning to provide some optional daytime activities for kids (recognising that many will be at school during Holy Week) and a short kids evening prayer each evening. We will also have adult evening prayers for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, with some social time afterwards for those that want to stay on.

Easter

Easter will be delivering the Liturgy on Monday 29 March for the whole of Student and Pilgrim Cross. We are planning a service on Maundy Thursday evening for when we usually meet up with time for socialising after the service! Arrangements will be made for an A.G.M.