Virtual Pilgrimage – FAQs

Thank you for seeking futher information about our Virtual Pilgrimage by which we aim to raise money for Christian Aid.

We hope this page provides the information you are looking for and that you will decide to join us. If you need futher information or help, please email us at capilgrimage2021@gmail.com.

 

 

FAQs

 
 

1. What is a virtual pilgrimage?

 

2. Where are we going?

 

3. When are we going?

 

4. I can’t possibly walk 2500 miles! How is this going to work?

 

5. How can I take part?

 

6. Where are we walking?

 

7. Can we walk/cycle together with others?

 

8. Do I have to walk?

 

9. Do I have to get sponsors?

 

10. Where can I donate, or encourage my family and friends to donate?

 

11. Are there sponsorship forms available?

 

12. Can I ask people to sponsor me?

 

13. I can’t commit to walking – how else can I support the challenge?

 

14. How to I know how many miles I walk in a day?

 

15. How do I submit my daily mile-count?

 

16. Do I have to send in my data every day?

 

17. What will Christian Aid use the money for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

1. What is a virtual pilgrimage?

A virtual pilgrimage is one where people who, for one reason or another, are unable to go on a physical pilgrimage, but wish to travel in the footsteps of pilgrims, or indeed of Christ.

Historically, this might be because someone was tied to the land or was otherwise not free or could not afford to travel. So they might use images, artefacts (such as pilgrim tokens) brought from holy sites and/or written accounts to travel in their minds. Some committed themselves to walk locally (for the cloistered even within convent or monastery walls) challenging distances also using use images, tokens and accounts to help focus their minds on sites on their journey and their intended destination.

During the period of this pandemic, virtual pilgrimages using images and videos from the internet have become popular with many who would otherwise have wished to make the journey to a site of religious or spiritual significance to them. Our virtual pilgrimage will be done using technology, with pilgrims logging their mileage daily by email, and a weekly update in the Church newsletter (here, in fact). If we get enough volunteers and enough material, pilgrims will receive a daily update, and we will also post updates on the church’s Facebook Page.

 

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2. Where are we going?

The route as currently planned is this: Nottingham > Canterbury > Norwich > Whitby > Durham > St Andrews > Aberdeen > Kirkwall > Iona > Glasgow > Whithorn > Furness > Belfast > Kells > Holywell > St Davids > Oxford > Nottingham; a total of 2562 miles.

 

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3. When are we going?

The pilgrimage will run for the whole of May, which gives us 31 days.

 

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4. I can’t possibly walk 2500 miles! How is this going to work?

This is a collaborative and cumulative pilgrimage. Some of us will cover large distances, some of us will cover small distances, but combining all these miles together will quickly add-up and carry us forward. It is all about contributing what we can (Luke 24:1-5).

 

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5. How can I take part?

If you want to walk with us and add your miles to our daily and weekly totals, please register as a pilgrim by completing the Google Form here: https://forms.gle/owro8paKEyUiefJ57. If you cannot use the form, please email capilgrimage2021@gmail.com with your email address.

If you want to offer yourself a personal challenge while walking, Christian Aid is running a 300,000 steps challenge for May: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week/challenge-yourself. There might even be a free t-shirt involved.

 

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6. Where are we walking?

This is a virtual pilgrimage – we are counting all the walking we do in the day – to, from and around home, school and work – including walking the dog, walking the children to and from school, walking to the shops, walking round your back garden, running a marathon, swim-training, cycling to work – all of these can be counted.

As we aggregate all the miles we have done as a group, we will be tracking our progress around the country so that we can virtually visit some sites significant in the Christian history of our country. These places include: Canterbury, Norwich, Whitby, Durham, St Andrews, Aberdeen, Kirkwall, Iona, Glasgow, Whithorn, Furness, Belfast, Kells, Holywell, St David’s and Oxford.

 

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7. Can we walk/cycle together with others?

At this time, we will expect people to follow the guidance applicable to the locality where they are living. For many, this will mean that they are able to meet outside with up to six people from any number of households or in a group of any size from two households.

 

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8. Do I have to walk?

Pilgrims may use any form of self-propulsion: walking, jogging, running faster than jogging, cycling, swimming, scootering, canoeing. All self-propelled miles count!

 

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9. Do I have to get sponsors?

No, although you can if you wish. We would encourage everyone participating to make a donation to Christian Aid, and to spread the word among their friends, but we won’t expect you to get sponsors.

 

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10. Where can I donate, or encourage my family and friends to donate?

There will be a fundraising page at xxxxx.

Donations, of course, can also be made directly to Christian Aid at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/give/ways-to-donate or by telephone, 020 7523 2269. However, if you give this way, we will not be able to link your gift to our pilgrimage.

 

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11. Are there sponsorship forms available?

Yes: if you would like one, please let us know.

 

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12. Can I ask people to sponsor me?

Yes. You are welcome to do this and we can provide a sponsorship form through our JustGiving page (https://www.justgiving.com/team/StAwCGURC).

 

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13. I can’t commit to walking – how else can I support the challenge?

If you can’t walk, please still consider making a donation to Christian Aid on the JustGiving page (https://www.justgiving.com/team/StAwCGURC).

We would also be glad to receive photos and stories of the places we visit. If you have and are willing for us to share photographs or recollections of visits to Canterbury, Norwich, Whitby, Durham, St Andrews, Aberdeen, Kirkwall, Iona, Glasgow, Whithorn, Furness, Belfast, Kells, Holywell, St Davids, Oxford, please send them through to: capilgrimage2021@gmail.com

We also need volunteers to help log miles completed and keep everyone informed of our progress. If you can help with this, please email: capilgrimage2021@gmail.com

 

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14. How to I know how many miles I walk in a day?

If you use some kind of pedometer or fitness tracker, data from this may be used, otherwise we ask people to make their best estimate.

  1. This is for people with a smartphone and an app that will record your distances. The British Heart Foundation recommends the following: MapMyWalk; Fitbit Tracker (no Fitbit required); Walkmeter; Strava. All of which are available for both iPhone and Android. (https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/activity/walking/walking-inspiration/free-walking-apps) Simply choose and download one of these and use it to record the distance to report each time you go out.

 

  1. No apps. Not everyone has a smart phone or wants to use an app, so you can also do it the tried and tested way of working out a distance on a map or following an already-mapped route, and reporting that distance when you’ve completed it.

 

 

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15. How do I submit my daily mile-count?

We will ask pilgrims to email their daily milage into an email address which will be forwarded to them.

 

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16. Do I have to send in my data every day?

It is helpful if you can but, if this is not possible, aggregate your data and send it in as frequently as is possible for you – hopefully at least weekly.

 

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17. What will Christian Aid use the money for?

Christian Aid’s campaign this year is to help people across the world adapt to climate change, and to support them with emergency relief in the face of the pandemic.

For more details on the campaign for Christian Aid Week 2021, see here: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week

 

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