Welcome to all visitors - Tourists, Seekers and Pilgrims
A place where your mind can be idle, and forget its concerns, descend into silence, and worship in secret.— Thomas Merton
Small Pilgrim Places are:
- Spaces for pondering, breathing, meditating, praying and ‘being’
- Small places, not those already on the map, well-known, or that draw crowds;
- Simple, quiet and unpretentious, with the presence of the Divine;
- Places of worship, gardens, ruins, open spaces, holy wells, etc.;
- Welcoming and inclusive.
The Small Pilgrim Places Network:
- Brings together people who support the ethos of SPPs through prayer and practical support;
- Encourages members to promote the key elements of SPPs - quiet prayer and meditation, hospitality, silence, space and simplicity not only in SPPs but also in their own personal situations;
- Is mutually supportive, encouraging the exchange of experiences, inspiration and practicalities.
More about Small Pilgrim Places
They have a respected identity of their own, unique and singular - with their own history, character and atmosphere, communicating something of the ‘eternal now’, while also bringing the past into the present day and pointing towards the future.
Some might describe them as holy or sacred. Celts sometimes described them as ‘thin’ places, others as liminal – ‘in-between’ ‘thresholds’ on the edge of mystery.
They should have the potential to gently nudge tourists with glazed looks into becoming pilgrims with gently focused eyes.
Who are they for?
- All people of goodwill, from all faiths and none, as they pause on their journey;
- Seekers and searchers and those asking questions about God.
Today's Featured Place
News from Small Pilgrim Places
Thursday 28th January 2016, 11:32 PM
The Spring mailing has gone out, with the 2016 Handbook and leaflets etc. So new it didnít get in the handbook is St Mary, Billingsley, Bridgnorth - details are here on the website of course, and also in the updated versions of documents in the Members' Area. We hear about special activities such as the OPEN CHURCH WEEK at Pittington at the beginning of May; an URBAN PILGRIMAGE on 18th June with the Peterborough Quakers; the HIDDEN HERITAGE Walk in Durham on 2nd July, and the JULIAN OF NORWICH FESTIVAL at St Mary's North Stoke at the end of July.(Contact the hospitallers for details). Also in the mailing were details about the SPPN 2016 NATIONAL GATHERING AND AGM which will be held at Hedd Wen Peace Place Small Pilgrim Place, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire on Saturday October 15th.