Walk to Church Weekend

Walk to Church 2014 St Joseph's AldershotThank you to all of you who walked to church earlier this month!  We know St John Bosco and Our Lady of Peace in Reading did this and we had a go here at St Mary’s and St Joseph’s in Aldershot too! 

Parishioners in St John Bosco in Reading have done this for a number of years and were originally inspired by working towards the livesimply award. The idea is really simply – all you need to do is pick a particular Sunday of the year (usually in the summer… in the hope of good weather!) and ask everyone to walk to reduce their carbon footprint.

CAFOD volunteer Rita Belletty told us how this originally came about,

“We started ‘Walk to Church’ in 2009 because a group of parishioners were concerned about climate change and wished to alert others to the dangers facing the world, caused by our own actions.  We were aiming to do something every month – some worship eg Creation Mass, Creation Walk, Bidding Prayers and some practical – changing the lighting, solar panels, recycling boxes for batteries, phones, etc. and lots of suggestions in the newsletters; Walk to Church was a way of copying schoolchildren’s walking bus to school.

“Each year, we don’t know how many people will do it.   The only time we counted people was back in 2010 when the new government was elected. We had 103 signatures from people who had walked to church and we then wrote to the Prime Minister to encourage the government to be green.

“This year, the members of the parish Live Simply Group will probably walk or cycle but otherwise, as we see it, we provide the invitation – it’s up to God to do the rest!”

Thanks Rita! It’s a great idea!

Walk to Church St Mary's Aldershot 2014Well, it’s early days for us in Aldershot as it’s the first year we’ve done it but we did have quite a few walkers in the end.   We’ll do it again next year too! Hopefully it will encourage us all to walk a little more in future – especially when we have such fab weather too!

If you held your own ‘Walk to Church’ weekend – do let us know!


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