I was recently approached by the parish priest for Land’s End asking if I could pass on her details for anyone who is seeking a few prayers before they start their ride to John O’Groats, or perhaps prayers of thanks for having reach Land’s End safely if they have travelled the other way.
Perhaps the best way to do this is for me to copy Rev’d Canon Vanda’s email verbatim:
Hello, I am the new parish priest in the Land’s end Benefice in Cornwall. I know you offer details about the cycle route from Land’s End to John O’Groats and wondered if you may be able to help me?
Part of the work I wanted to do in this community is to help those who would like to offer a prayer or ask for prayer on their journey between Land’s End and John O’Groats. We find that occasionally folk want to come to church in Sennen or St Buryan and ask for us to pray for them on their journey.
Additionally we have had a few folk who were really struggling and in need of some support to complete the journey, their supporters do come to ask the local churches for help.
In early Christian times pilgrimages always started with very simple prayers of protection and guidance for the pilgrim and their family. It would seem that some are interested in repeating this experience.
We are happy to offer some simple prayers either in church or at the start/end point.
So many folk take on the journey to raise money for a charity that is very close to their hearts and want to dedicate their efforts, and indeed to thank God for their safe finish.
I wondered if it may be possible to have contact details on your site to make it easier for folk to access the local churches?
I look forward to hearing from you,
with every blessing,