Young people prepare for journey of faith

Twenty-six young people from the Diocese of Liverpool are set to visit the United States on pilgrimage.

After two years of preparation, prayer and fundraising, twenty-six young people from the Diocese of Liverpool are set to visit the united states on pilgrimage. 

(Pictured: Young people from Virginia meet with young people from the Diocese of Liverpool on their pilgrimage to Liverpool in June 2012)

The young people will visit the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia – linked to the Diocese of Liverpool. Over two years the young people have raised nearly £32,000 for the trip.

A group of young people from Virginia came to Liverpool last June and the Liverpool pilgrims will meet up with them when they arrive.

The Liverpool pilgrims will spend time in Richmond, Shrine Mont and Washington DC.

Activities will include leading daily worship, outreach projects (such as working with their friends from Virginia to provide a children’s holiday club), discussion groups and social events. 

They will blog about their experiences whilst they are there, take photographs and make short videos on different aspects of their trip. Each person will also keep a journal of their experiences.

They will also take part in a trek in the Blue Ridge mountains. Reflecting theologically on the Atlantic slave trade has been an important group focus throughout the pilgrimage and this will continue when the pilgrims ‘walk the slave trail’ in Richmond and take part in diversity workshops.

After a short retreat in Shrine Mont (asking the question ‘what has God been saying to me through this experience and what is He calling me to do with my life?’) the group will move on to Washington DC where the pilgrimage will officially end in the National Cathedral.

Rev Malcolm Rogers from the Diocese of Liverpool, and who is leading the pilgrimage said: “In the cathedral is a piece of the moon, set in stained glass, a symbol of what can be achieved with vision and hard work. All of the young people on the pilgrimage have worked so hard – raising nearly £32,000 and taking part in a huge amount of fundraising, outreach and group activities. They also have vision by the bucket full!  The pilgrimage motto is taken from Psalm 84 verse 5 ‘Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.’ Please pray for all those involved, that it would indeed be a truly blessed time. That all would return safe and eager to enter a new chapter in their lifelong journey of faith.”