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A few weeks ago I was involved in the Three Village Peak Village. Nearly one hundred of us from Baslow, Foolow and Eyam did all or part of the Peak Pilgrimage; which is a 39 mile walk from Ilam to Eyam. It weaves its way from church to church via some of the loveliest parts of the Peak District. Over four sun-baked days we walked and talked, drank tea and ate ice cream. At each of the twelve churches we were invited to spend some time reflecting on the deeper aspects of life and perhaps pray. It was a wonderful experience that brought people closer to each other, the creation and the creator.
It reminded me of one of my favourite stories in the Gospels. After Jesus had died two of his followers were disconsolately walking on the road to Emmaus discussing their problems. Whilst they were walking and talking the risen Jesus sidled up to them and whilst unrecognised by them showed them how his death was not a disaster but part of God’s great plan to rescue humankind.
It was not until they shared a meal together did they recognise him and realised why their hearts burned within them when he spoke.
I would like to invite you to see life as a pilgrimage; a journey with a destination and purpose. I hope that on that walk you will find friends and companions along the journey. My greatest prayer however is that we will recognise and respond to the Christ who walks beside us and allow of our hearts be warmed by his love and invitation to life that he brings. Happy walking,
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
We welcome new members who might like to join the church choir. We rehearse once a week at Tuesday teatime from 6.00pm to 6.45pm and sing for one choral communion each month, as well as the Palm Sunday, Harvest and Christmas Carol Services.
The biggest surprise of this 39 mile walk was the fact that my daughter not only decided to embark on it, but completed every single day. My 10 year old grandson completed 2 days and myself, one.
For those who don’t know about the Peak Pilgrimage, it is the genius of the Venerable Bob Jackson who is currently “retired” and living in Eyam, but truth be told, he continues to work as hard as ever within the church. The walk covers 39 miles, of the Peak District’s most breath-taking and unspoilt scenery between Ilam and Eyam; every part of the trail being carefully signposted by Bob with Peak Pilgrimage yellow arrows. There are 12 churches on the route in which pilgrims can collect a stamp in their guidebook, as well as a Bible verse. Completing the pilgrimage in four consecutive days is not a prerequisite – in fact many people have enjoyed travelling sections of the route at different times, often coinciding with an enticing watering hole or tea shop.
The guidebook itself is a joy, written by Bob, illustrated with photography taken by Bob’s wife, Christine and published by Andrew Travis – all of whom walked with us. Sales of the book and Trip Advisor reviews suggest that at least 2,000 people have undertaken the pilgrimage to date, and interest is growing. You can buy copies in Eyam and other local churches and find further details on the Peak Pilgrimage website (created by Alan Wilson) - www.peakpilgrimage.org.uk.
This particular pilgrimage was the first organised group pilgrimage along the route, and it was led by Bob himself. Enormous work had gone into the planning with Hulley’s coaches collecting pilgrims to travel to the starting point each day and returning them home each evening, co-ordinating welcomes and refreshments at various points, a special service in St Anne’s Church, Baslow on the Sunday and even a survivors’ barbeque hosted by Mike and Jenny at the Rectory in Eyam.
As a light drizzle fell on the Friday morning, around 30 pilgrims set off from the start at Ilam to explore the Church of the Holy Cross and the tomb of St Bertram which is found there. It was the first and the last precipitation we saw over the full four days. As we left the church, the drizzle had stopped and the weather started to improve.