St Chad Pilgrimage – Registration
No charge is being made for participation in the pilgrimage, whose costs are being underwritten by ‘Churches Linked across Staffordshire and the Potteries’ and ‘Black Country Churches Engaged’ (the official ecumenical bodies for Staffordshire and the Black Country respectively), with support from the (Anglican) Diocese of Lichfield and the (Roman Catholic) Archdiocese of Birmingham.
In view of the length of the pilgrimage, three participation options are being made available:
- Undertaking the whole walk of 18 miles from the Metropolitan Cathedral Church and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham, to the Cathedral of St Mary and St Chad, Lichfield (approximately 9.00am to 5.00pm)
- Walking from Birmingham to Little Aston, a distance of around eleven miles (approximately 9.00am to 1.45pm)
- Walking from Little Aston to Lichfield, a distance of around seven miles (approximately 2.15pm to 4.45pm)
The walk is lengthy and, while the terrain is not arduous, it will prove very difficult in places for wheelchair users. Young people under the age of 18 are welcome, so long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult, who considers them capable of participation in the walk. It is essential, however, that those who would like to join the walk understand the implications of participation and register to participate for the option that they believe they are able to complete.
No responsibility can be taken for those who do not register in advance to participate, and any who walk without prior registration will not be covered by the Public Liability Insurance protecting those who are authorised to take part in the pilgrimage.
The closing date for registration is Friday 25 August 2017, to allow time for necessary organisation. There is a possibility that the pilgrimage will become oversubscribed, so, in order to ensure participation, early registration is recommended. It may be possible to allow late-comers admittance to the pilgrimage during the week prior to Saturday 23 September, if the take-up has not been as great as expected.
Application forms, whether from individuals, couples, small- or large groups of pilgrims, can be obtained from County Ecumenical Mission Officer Robert Mountford by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message on 07514 035452.
Much preparation is being made for the St Chad Pilgrimage, involving route planning, risk assessment, health-and-safety considerations and interaction with both West Midlands and Staffordshire police forces. Prayer is requested for the safety and success of the venture, along with co-operation regarding registration to participate in the walk.