Walk for them
At Open Doors we are inviting you to follow in the footsteps of many thousands of Christians over the centuries on a prayerful journey from Winchester to Canterbury. Your Pilgrimage will be an opportunity to raise support and prayers for our persecuted brothers and sisters across the world. Many of your persecuted family have had to flee their homes and walk many miles to a place of safety. In Northern Nigeria an estimated 2.1 million people, including 1.3 million Christians have had to flee their homes, leading to a humanitarian crisis.
Your Pilgrimage will allow you to step out of your usual routine and seek a time of prayer and reflection. You will be able to reconnect with your cultural heritage and the beauty of God's creation.
If you’d like a taster, have a look at Kathy's Pilgrimage and follow her journey as she follows the route with our lovely new Pilgrim Pack. If you feel inspired to give it a go you can order your pack and see our daily reflection suggestions.
Your pack includes: useful information that you'll need to plan your journey, fundraising ideas to help you raise support and a series of daily reflections to help you pray, deepen your understanding of the persecuted church and encourage you on your journey.
What are you waiting for? Start planning your journey today!
WHAT DOES PILGRIMAGE FOR OPEN DOORS INVOLVE?
A Pilgrimage is a meaningful journey to a sacred place. The Pilgrims Way runs from Winchester to Canterbury and is approximately 136miles/219km in length.
We recommend using a guidebook called The Pilgrim's Way for planning the specifics of your route and booking accommodation. You can order it directly from the Cicerone Press website and enjoy 25% off. Alternatively we have a few copies we can lend to you for the duration of your pilgrimage. If you would like to borrow one, please email us.
The route became famous around AD1200 when Pilgrims first started making the journey to the tomb of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury.
The route from Winchester follows a chalk ridge that extends from the Ridgeway in the West to Dover in the East, through towns, villages and open rolling countryside.
At Open Doors, we have some specific reasons for asking you to take on the challenge of walking an ancient pilgrim route:
To set aside time for God, and 'walk with' your persecuted family
To pray for the persecuted church and its needs
To raise money which will practically support your persecuted brothers and sisters
To be strengthened in your faith and understanding
For the joy and challenge of pilgrimage
HOW CAN YOU TAKE PART?
We want this challenge to be as accessible as possible. If 136 miles is too far for you in one journey, then you can always complete it by doing smaller sections: perhaps one weekend a month over a year. Your church could take on the journey as a team, and do it as a relay. You could also choose to do a route nearer your home.