On Friday 18th Jan 2018, Ashcroft Church was pleased to pray with, and send off, 11 walkers who were heading out on the next leg of their journey to walk a total of 100 miles through local villages and towns in the Cotswolds.
The purpose of the expedition is to raise money for Christian Aid’s work with refugees and displaced people in Iraq & Lebanon.
The original idea for the walk came from Donna Crowther, who attends St Mary’s Church who celebrates her 50th birthday in January 2019 and since she’s not a party animal, she decided to celebrate this milestone in another way.
Donna also likes a challenge! So the challenge and celebration Donna decided on is to undertake a 100 mile sponsored walk for Christian Aid’s work. Throughout the walk she has and will be joined by others who have done the whole or part of the 100 miles.
As a working lone parent, Donna has limited timed to participate in her 2 passions of walking and bell-ringing. The walk will represent her personal and spiritual journey over her 50 years as the walk visits churches in the all the villages in Gloucestershire & Wiltshire which have played some part in her life. Bells will be rung!
You can learn more about the walk and sponsor through Donna’s just giving page, and remember, all money raised will be match funded 6:1 through the community partnership scheme, so if Donna reaches her total of £14,286 in sponsorship, that means £100,000 of funding for Christian Aid.
Sponsor Donna here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/hundred-mile-walk
And if you fancy a chuckle, here is the walkers prayer that the group opened prayer time with:
The Walkers Prayer
Lord bless all walkers that we may live long and healthy lives, especially bless our leaders for they are all powerful and lead us through the wilderness.
Yea though they lead us down the valleys and over the hills, we shall feel no pain for our hearts, minds and muscles are numb.
Let them know their north from their south and their east from their west.
Let the sun shine so that we may have a faint idea in which direction we are heading.
Grant O Lord that they curb their tongues and not tell us that we have walked 7 miles when we know that we have walked 10.
Also let them know the difference between a gentle slope and a steep cliff.
Give them the ability to count, so that they know the number of walkers, so that none shall go astray.
Make them prevent the leaders from starting to walk the minute everyone has caught up.
Curse those walkers who overtake the leader, let their sticks break, their laces come undone and their flasks leak.
Curse also those who disappear into the woods without telling the back marker.
Grant, O Lord sunshine at all times, but not too hot, cooling breezes, but not strong winds, shade needed and incomparable views when we are resting.
Spare us from brambles, nettles and other obstructions.
Lead us not down the wrong paths.
Finally Lord let us arrive back at our cars safe and sound for we are children of the wilderness, the blind being led by the blind, and we are shattered.
Give us strength to turn up for the next walk, for we are of the tribe stupid and know no better.
We ask all this with tongue in cheek, ever conscious that many a true word is spoken in jest.