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Walk Rutland for Jesus 2014

Around the Water (Days 1-4) & Branching Out (Days 5-8)

The first day started with a commissioing service at Hambleton Church at 2:30pm, followed by a short walk (1.7 miles) to the end of the main road at Half Moon Spinney.

Setting off from Hambleton Church

Setting off from Hambleton Church

On the way to Half Moon Spinney

On the way to Half Moon Spinney

Today we set off from Oakham Methodist Church at 10:30am, walking 5 miles around the north of Rutalnd Water to Whitwell, arriving at 1:30pm, where we held an outreach session.

Setting off from Oakham Methodist Church

Setting off from Oakham Methodist Church…

...through the Market Place...

…through the Market Place…

…towards the edge of town…

…and through the woods…

...to Rutalnd Water

…to Rutland Water

Our destination, Whitwell Church

Our destination, Whitwell Church

Today’s walk started at Whitwell Church (10:30am) along the 2 miles to Empingham Church (11:30am), where we had some Witness Activity. After lunch, we set off on the 3.5 miles around to the south of Rutland Water to Edith Weston Church, where we enjoyed very welcome tea and cakes!

Prayers to start the day at Whitwell Church

Prayers to start the day at Whitwell Church

Our first stop at Empingham Church

Our first stop at Empingham Church

Witness Activity at Empingham

Witness Activity at Empingham

Onward round the south of the Water

Onward round the south of the Water…

...engaging in conversation along the way...

…engaging in conversation along the way…

...finally arriving at Edith Weston Church

…finally arriving at Edith Weston Church

From Edith Weston, we set out at 10:30am around the south of Rutland Water, heading first for lunch at the Lyndon Nature Reserve, before continuing towards Manton, enjoying some welcome refreshments at the church before heading to the ‘Horse and Jockey’ for a Witness Activity session to conclude the day.

Setting off back round Rutland Water.

Setting off back round Rutland Water…

...and engaging in conversations along the way...

…and engaging in conversations along the way…

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...we finally arrive at Manton Church.

…we finally arrive at Manton Church.

At the Horse & Jockey Neil leads a short Witness Activity.

At the Horse & Jockey Neil leads a short Witness Activity…

...while the patrons listen.

…while the patrons listen.

Starting from Oakham Methodist Church, this time heading out towards the north-west corner of the county, our first stop was Langham, where we were welcomed to the village hall for refreshments and held an act of worhsip and witness. After lunch we head out across the fields to Whissendine, where we were greeted by a welcome cup of tea, and held a final act of worship and witness for the day.

Carrying the banner into Langham

Carrying the banner into Langham

Lunch in Langham Village Hall...

Lunch in Langham Village Hall…

...overlooking the Parish Church

…overlooking the Parish Church

Ready to set off for Whissendine

Ready to set off for Whissendine

Arriving at Whissendine Church

Arriving at Whissendine Church

A lie down after a good day's walk...

A lie down after a good day’s walk…

...and a welcome cup of tea!

…and a welcome cup of tea!

Today’s walk started with prayers on the green at Exton before we set out towards Cottesmore. Once there, we paid a number of visits, offering prayers and sharing our message – first at the Sun Inn (where we enjoyed a welcome drink), then the Post Office and finally the Chip Shop before resting for lunch in the Parish Church, followed by a short act of worship. Then we set off refreshed towards Greetham, before a few hardy souls walked the return journey to Exton.

Refreshment and witness in the Sun Inn

Refreshment and witness in the Sun Inn

Then on through the village...

Then on through the village…

...to the Post Office

…to the Post Office

The Chip Shop provides some welcome sustenance

The Chip Shop provides some welcome sustenance

Lunch in St Nicholas's Church

Lunch in St Nicholas’s Church

Ready to set out again

Ready to set out again

The end of the day at Greetham Village Shop

The end of the day at Greetham Village Shop

The Parish Church at Wing was our starting point for the last day of walking, from where we headed via Pilton towards South Luffenham, and then after lunch onward to Barrowden.

Our starting point, the imposing Wing Parish Church

Our starting point, the imposing Wing Parish Church

We met inside the church...

We met inside the church…

...and gathered outside for prayer...

…and gathered outside for prayer…

...before setting off for the morning's walk

…before setting off for the morning’s walk

A walk across fields...

A walk across fields…

...and along the road...

…and along the road…

...brought us to Pilton Church...

…brought us to Pilton Church…

...where we enjoyed a welcome rest and a time of prayer

…where we enjoyed a welcome rest and a time of prayer

A conversation along the road towards South Luffenham

A conversation along the road towards South Luffenham

We arrived at South Luffenham Church

We arrived at South Luffenham Church

A time of witness before we departed

A time of witness before we departed

Pause for a photo along the way

Pause for a photo along the way

We set off for Barrowden

We set off for Barrowden

Almost at our destination...

Almost at our destination…

...engaging in conversation in the village...

…engaging in conversation in the village…

...before a final act of witness outside the village shop

…before a final act of witness outside the village shop

Jonathan, our valiant banner carrier, takes a well deserved rest at the end of the day

Jonathan, our valiant banner carrier, takes a well deserved rest at the end of the day

The final part of Walk Rutland for Jesus was a service of celebration at Uppingham Methodist Church.

Map showing the route

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