July 19-27, 2020
Led by Father Dave & Mother Abi
St. John’s, Tallahassee, Florida
Dear St. John’s members:
Are you ready for the journey of a lifetime?
In the summer of 2020, we invite you to join us on a parish pilgrimage to England. We’ll explore Celtic spirituality and the roots of our Episcopal tradition, visit major cities and quiet villages, worship and pray together, and stop at a pub or two on the way. This will be a wonderful time to grow in our relationship with God and each other!
We’ll follow the footsteps of the faithful from Julian of Norwich to the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne where St Cuthbert served as bishop and leader in the Church of England. Our pilgrims’ path will be steeped with the prayers of the past and the modern ministry of the church. These are just a few of the unforgettable places that we’ll experience together We would love to have you join us on this pilgrimage, which will a fruitful time of learning, prayer and fellowship.
- Hotel Stays
- Tour Guide
- Most Meals
- All entrance fees for sites listed on itinerary
- Single Room Supplement
- Travel Insurance
- Laundry and items of a personal nature
Day 1: Sunday, July 19
We meet at Tallahassee Airport in the early afternoon for our flight to London, via Charlotte. Dinner will be served on board the transatlantic flight.
Day 2: monday, july 20
We land at London’s Heathrow Airport at 8 am, and when we have cleared immigration and customs formalities, we board our bus and head towards East Anglia. We hope to be in Cambridge by late morning, and we will spend part of the day here learning about the famous university, and visiting its most famous chapel in King’s College. Later in the afternoon we will head on towards the cathedral city of Ely, arriving in time for Choral Evensong. This will be our home for the next two nights, and dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening.
Day 3: tuesday, july 21
After breakfast, we head to Norwich, where Mother Julian lived as an anchoress, and wrote her famous Revelations of Divine Love. We will visit the magnificent cathedral, and learn something of its mission and ministry in today’s church, as well as learning a little about Julian. We return to Ely in time for Choral Evensong and dinner.
Day 4: wednesday, july 22
After an early breakfast we leave Ely to head north, stopping for lunch (not included in the tour price) in the great cathedral city of York. After some free time and a visit to York Minster, we will continue north to Durham, which will be our base for the remaining nights of our pilgrimage.
Day 5: thursday, july 23
Today will start with a visit to the home of the Father of English History, the Venerable Bede, who spent all his adult life praying and writing in a monastery at Jarrow. We will worship in the parish church built on the monastic site, and learn something of Bede’s life and times. Late morning we drive west to the beautiful market town of Hexham, to visit the ancient abbey which still functions as the parish church of the town. Here we will learn something of St Wilfrid, a Celt whose ministry was to help reconcile the Celtic church with the ‘mainstream’ Roman church.
Day 6: friday, july 24
Today we will drive north from Durham to visit Holy Island, also known as Lindisfarne. We will spend most of the day on the island, worshipping in its medieval parish church, and learning of the great saints who lived in the Celtic monastery there, and who played such an important part in the re-evangelization of northern England.
Day 7: saturday, july 25
This morning we will devote ourselves to discovering the breathtaking cathedral church of Durham. We will have a full guided tour in the morning and celebrate a pilgrim Eucharist together. In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to visit the medieval castle located right opposite the cathedral, and to explore the beautiful river banks of this small but entrancing city.
Day 8: sunday, july 26
We will worship with the local community at the main Cathedral Eucharist this morning. The afternoon will have free time for us to attend Choral Evensong, enjoy some last-minute shopping, or spend more time exploring Durham City. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner to mark the end of our pilgrimage together.
Day 9: monday, july 27
We have an early breakfast before heading to Newcastle Airport, where begin a day of flights to get us home to Tallahassee late at night, ready to tell those around us what we have learned from our encounters with these great saints of Britain.