The fifth Coventry Pilgrimage 2018 walk on Saturday June 30th started from St John the Baptist Brinklow, with prayers and blessing from the Rector, Jonathan Fox, who encouraged us speaking about the Pilgrims’ psalm (Ps 84). Pilgrims were grateful for refreshments as we gathered.
This time, the weather was ideal for a country walk, with a cooling breeze replacing the heat of the previous walk for the twenty of us who took part (plus one dog!). Rain had been forecast for midday, but never materialised, so our precautionary rainwear was not needed!
We prayed the Caim (“encircling”) Celtic prayer for Brinklow and the Revel group of churches and for Ansty, and also for Coventry, whose spires and towers we could clearly see from the Oxford Canal. It was as well that secateurs had been brought, as our passage – particularly along the canal towpath – was frequently impeded by giant nettles and brambles. Part of the way took us across fields, where the ground was very solid and split open by great cracks. Despite these impediments, we were able to say together the Coventry Litany a few minutes after midday.
Finally, we were given a warm reception, and welcome refreshments, at St James Ansty, where Priest-in-charge Andrew Coleman prayed for us and gave us an impromptu guide to the history of the church. We now look forward to Walk 6 on August 25th, from Ansty to Bedworth.