The atmosphere was one of joy and togetherness as attendees, spanning all ages from babies to grandmas, came together to participate in a weekend filled with fellowship, worship, and engaging activities.
The event featured a variety of activities, ensuring there was something for everyone. To cater for the youngest members of the pilgrimage, soft play equipment and Duplo were borrowed from the Diocese of Norwich Resources Centre. These additions proved to be a hit during the craft and play afternoon, bringing smiles to the faces of the youngest pilgrims.
One family, attending for the first time, shared their positive experience. “It was our first time visiting as a family, and the children loved it. The kids were some of the younger pilgrims; however, our 3-year-old was clearly engaged with what was happening and loved being at Mary’s house. Our one-year-old enjoyed the music and the procession. The meals worked really well, and the staff were so helpful with somewhat messy pilgrims. We certainly hope to be back again next year.”
Dr Jane Southward, Education Officer at The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham said “We are really pleased with how many families attended this year and it was a joy to see everyone sitting together at mealtimes and the children playing together. My favourite part was when we walked the Maria Desolata – a version of the Stations of the Cross going backwards as Mary reflects on the events of Good Friday. It was atmospheric and touching and concluded with Holy Communion. A special time for us all.”
Next year’s Family Pilgrimage is being held from the 28 to the 31 of October. Visit their website for more information.
The Diocese of Norwich Resources Centre offers a wealth of resources to support churches engage with their congregations and communities. To sign up and explore the offerings of the Resource Centre, visit the Children Youth and Families page on the Diocesan website.