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Pilgrims' Progress *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 25 Aug, 2011 01:35 PM

There are two pilgrimages taking place in Bridport, Dorset and Bemerton, Salisbury. The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, and the Archdeacon of Sherborne, Paul Taylor, are joining people from the churches of Bridport. The Archdeacon of Sarum, Alan Jeans, is joining pilgrims in Bemerton. The pilgrimage dates for Bridport are 26 June-1 July: for Bemerton, 3-10 July.

Pilgrims' Progress *Updated

West Bay baptism and confirmation candidates with the Bishop of Sherborne. Photo credit: Michael Ford

A team of 40 local people is working in Bridport for several days until Friday 1 July, together with 12 pilgrims from across Dorset. The local team, organised by the Rector of Bridport Andrew Evans, are running a range of activities including lunch clubs, visits to local schools and retirement homes, and gardening and car-washing.

Today (Wednesday 29 June), team members will take ‘Say One For Me’ prayer requests in Bridport Market Square.

On Thursday morning (30 June) they will assist in a clean-up operation of the River Brit in Bridport and help with community allotments. There will be a visit to Bridport Ropemakers, suppliers of nets for Wimbledon tennis courts, this Friday.

The Bishop of Sherborne will baptise three candidates in the sea and confirm eight people at the Deanery Confirmation Service at West Bay (Thursday 7.30pm). The week will culminate in a thanksgiving service in St Mary’s Church Bridport on Friday 1 July at 3pm.

The Archdeacon of Sherborne, the Venerable Paul Taylor, said: “We’re getting such a warm welcome here. It’s the conversations with people we meet throughout each day that are the most worthwhile part of the week.”

In Bemerton, there will be a full week of activities, beginning on Sunday 3 July with a ‘Fun Church’ service for all ages at St Michael’s Church (10.30am), followed by a picnic.

Bemerton Players will run a taster session on Monday 4 July (7.30pm), giving an opportunity to try on costumes and learn about theatre productions. Food events during the week include a community breakfast on Tuesday 4 July (7.30am), cooked by the Revd Jim Findlay. The Archdeacon of Wilts, the Venerable John Wraw, will speak about a recent transatlantic sailing trip.

There will be a free concert, ‘Angel Voices’, on Friday 8 July (7.30pm) and a Fun Morning on Saturday 9 July (10.00am) with a bouncy castle and children’s activities. Team members will join young people from St Paul’s Church Salisbury for an afternoon of gardening, decorating and odd jobs in the local area.

The week concludes on Sunday 10 July with a large open-air service in Gainsborough Close (10.30am), to be attended by a number of local churches.

The Rector of Bemerton, Simon Woodley, said: “We’re reaching out to Bemerton in ways that will mean something to people here. We’re looking to show some love to those who don’t have enough of it, to welcome those who feel left out and to make a difference in our local area. Our message is that Bemerton is very special to us and, we believe, to God.”


West Bay Sea Baptisms and Confirmations Gallery featuring the Bishop of Sherborne.

Dr Kings and one of the baptism candidates, Lucy Taylor, were interviewed live on BBC Radio Solent between 0705 and 0730 on Sunday 3 July 2011. Click here to listen and move the slider to 1 hr 22 min for the actual interview.

Bridport Team website 
Bemerton Parish Website 

Further Information:
Bridport – Debbie Albery
01202 659427,
Bemerton – Danela Adams
01380 729808,

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