Pilgrims’ procession

Adrian Smith looks back at a Quaker-led event where Christians were reminded that if we are to rejoice in the splendour of God’s continuing creation, we must treat it with reverence

It is a long way from Lindisfarne to the coasts of Essex, but in 653AD a Celtic missionary, saint Cedd, made the voyage and used the stones of a ruined Roman fort to build the first Christian church in the territory of the East Saxons. Through a happy chance, the venerable building is still there. Each year in July members of churches in Essex and east London take part in a pilgrimage, walking the two miles from Bradwell-on-Sea out to the chapel for an open-air celebration of faith and fellowship. Hundreds of people go – it is an almost biblical occasion.

You need to login to read subscriber-only content and/or comment on articles.