At the end of October, six members from Broadstone congregation flew to The Holy Land on a Pilgrimage led by Rev Elizabeth Rundle and Rev Linda Chester.
A recent Bacon Buttie and Cake Stall had raised 450 US dollars for Al Shurooq School for the Blind in Bethlehem and Di Baggs was able to hand over the donation to the School’s Treasurer.
The Basilica of the Nativity, probably the oldest church in the world, is built over the natural cave system of the Bethlehem area, one of which is the traditional site for the birth of Jesus Christ. The group sang Born in the night and O little town of Bethlehem and Marie Wright read the birth story from Luke’s Gospel.
The coach stopped by the Separation Wall for the group to say a prayer for peace.
Readings from the Old and New Testament were read in the area of the Shepherds’ Fields and the group of 25 which included members from Wimborne, Holtwood and Verwood Methodist churches, sang the carol “While shepherds watched their flocks by night”. It is always so special to hear the readings and sing the carols in Bethlehem.
In a short service in the boat crossing the Sea of Galilee our home congregations were mentioned and particular people were named for whom we had been praying. Before arriving on “the other side” for a lunch of St. Peter’s fish, our Broadstone pilgrims had fun with a copy of the Methodist Recorder.