Saturday, 25 April 2015

Unlock walk

The very first time I stepped inside St James, Bermondsey was on an 'UNLOCK' sponsored walk in 2007, little thinking that six years later I would be the vicar, and eight years later, St James would once again be a checkpoint on the Unlock London walk.

UNLOCK is a Christian charity with a passion for mission in the most deprived urban areas of the country.

It aims to unlock stories of the 'down-to-earth-Christ' and the annual sponsored walk is its  main source of income.

From Bognor Regis, Wimbledon, High Wycome, Bedford, Cambridge, Redhill, Clapham, Wandsworth and West Sussex, they came, about 700 in all, some in groups, some pairs or singly, for a seven mile trek from Bermondsey to Brockley, stopping off at churches on the way for a refreshments, a rest and the chance to find out about the exciting and challenfing realities of urban mission.

It was great to welcome them, lovely to meet some familiar faces, too. Long live the Unlock walk.

Walkers enjoying a well-earned rest

Canine companions raring to go

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