2:18pm Friday 6th September 2013
A CLERGYMAN has undertaken 100-mile pilgrimage of all 50 places of worship in his deanery.
The Reverend Michael Hepper, dean of Wensley, spent two weeks walking from St Mary and St John Church, in Harwdraw, near Hawes to St Lambert’s Church, in Burneston, near Bedale.
Accompanied by parishioner Colin Tindill for much of the walk, as well as family, friends, the Rev Hepper visited places of worship ranging from the ruined abbey at Jervaulx to the chapel at RAF Leeming, and performed a short service at each stop.
He said the pilgrimage had helped him to get to know the deanery and to pray for renewal.
Rev Hepper said: “The journey has been very exciting I have met many wonderful and interesting people, many of whom have walked with us.
“I feel that I have accomplished what I set out to do, both personally and spiritually.”
Nicholas Henshall, acting archdeacon of Richmond, said: “The Church of England is not simply there to serve those who come to church, but is there for everyone.
“Michael’s walk is an excellent reminder that a vicar and an area dean should be just as much at home with people in the fields and villages as in church on Sunday morning.”
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