"It's personal": Ribble Valley preacher's Methodist circuit pilgrimage

The 'Thy Kingdom Come' stones Christine will be leaving along her walk.
The 'Thy Kingdom Come' stones Christine will be leaving along her walk.
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A local preacher is undertaking a "personal pilgrimage" to walk between all five churches on the Clitheroe Methodist Circuit as part of Thy Kingdom Come, an international ecumenical prayer event.


With her walk starting tomorrow and continuing until this Friday the 18th, Christine Beggs is seeking the company of walking companions and supporters to join her on a pilgrimage that will connect Trinity Methodist Church, Whalley Methodist Church, Waddington Methodist Church, Chatburn Methodist Church, and Paythorne Methodist Church.

Whalley Methodist Church - one of the five churches Christine will be taking in on her pilgrimage.

Whalley Methodist Church - one of the five churches Christine will be taking in on her pilgrimage.

Christine is undertaking the endeavor as part of Thy Kingdom Come, an initiative first launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury to call together the whole Anglican community in prayer during the nine days (a Novena) between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday which will see Christians across the county setting aside time to pray specifically for people they know to come to know Jesus Christ.

"My walk is just one of a number different walking ventures being taken on across the Clitheroe Methodist Circuit during this period, and my personal commitment is to walk from the bottom to the top of the Circuit visiting all five churches along the way, a sort of personal pilgrimage," said Christine. "We will be praying for both the church communities we visit along the way and for the local and wider community too."

Planning to set off from Whalley Methodist Church on Tuesday to walk to Trinity in Clitheroe, before heading from Trinity over to Waddington and Chatburn on Wednesday, Christine said that while she has companions for the first two days, she still has to work out when and how to tackle the longer Chatburn to Paythorne stint on her combined 17-mile trek.

"My inspiration is my Father, the late Rev. Eric Joselin, who on two different occasions completed long distance walks to raise funds for Whalley Methodist Church whilst carrying a wooden cross attached to his rucksack," explained Christine, who will also be leaving Thy Kingdom Come stones along the way. "I am hoping to borrow that cross from Whalley Methodist Church and carry it with me."