The definition of a pilgrim, which comes from the Latin word ‘peregrinus’, is a traveller who is on a journey to a holy place. Some of our congregation and others from Ryton Methodist church have formed a bible study group and we call ourselves the ‘Bulkington Pilgrims.’ We welcome newcomers and meet in the library once a month. We are currently studying a Pilgrims course on ‘the Commandments’ written by Canon Dr Paula Gooder, author, speaker, scholar and theologian. We are pilgrims on a journey to explore and expand our knowledge of the Christian faith.
The pilgrimage that eight of us are embarking on this week, St Cuthbert’s Way in Northumberland, is a 100K ( around 60 miles ) walk from Melrose near the Scottish border to Lindisfarne and Holy Island. It opened 22 years ago, has way markers and visits a number of places closely associated with the life of St Cuthbert. It is full of historical interest and natural beauty, abbeys, churches, castles and prehistoric remains. St Cuthbert wrote that “travelling at a natural pace on foot allows time for contemplation, and for the cares and worries that surround us daily to be forgotten....for a while at least!” The guide book we are following advises that there is plenty of wildlife to be seen and that we may well experience variations of weather that would test a Saint!
The life of St Cuthbert was very interesting. He nearly died of the deadly yellow plague which swept across Europe in around 650 A.D. he claimed to have been saved by the power of prayer, an experience he never forgot. Never underestimate THE POWER OF PRAYER.