Young people from Huyton Deanery prepare to welcome Virginia pilgrims

Young people from the Huyton Deanery get to know each other ahead of a visit from their compatriots from the Diocese of Virginia.

Young people from the Huyton Deanery spent part of half term in Aberdovey, getting to know each other in preparation for a pilgrimage from their compatriots from the Diocese of Virginia.

In a week spent taking part in prayer and worship, outward bound team building activities mixed with fun, noise and silly songs, the 19 teenagers with their adult leaders have formed strong bonds ahead of the June Pilgrimage.

The event was a great success as can be seen by the blog of one of the participants, Jess.

The pilgrimage, organised by Rev Malcolm Rogers, Chair of the Anglican Partnership and Links Forum, is one of many events designed to strengthen our links with Virginia.

As well as the trip this June, the young people from all over Huyton Deanery are raising money to go over to the states in 2013.

Malcolm said “these grassroots links are important. In learning about ourselves and each other we also learn about God. My clear aim as chair is that our links will help nurture faith and provide experiences and resources that support mission” ”

Malcolm hopes that this pilgrimage will inspire other deaneries across our diocese to consider similar activities in the future. “The friendships that are being formed here are ones that will last for ever - Jess Corcoran’s blog shows that was certainly true of our time in Aberdovey. I’m excited by what God has in store next for them”

The pilgrimages are just one way we can link with Christians in Virginia. Last year we launched a scheme to link parishes and schools with similar ones across the water. To find out more contact