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Pilgrimage Weekend in Salisbury and Stanley Spencer’s Cookham
- Course Dates: Fri 18 March 2016, 6:00 pm to Sun 20 March 2016, 2:00 pm
Prepare for Holy Week with a weekend of prayer, pilgrimage, art and worship.
This course can be taken as a full weekend programme, or, a limited number of places are also available for just the Saturday programme in Cookham.
The weekend programme begins with arrivals for 6.30pm supper on Friday followed by a talk on the art of Stanley Spencer: Spencer, Christ and His Village.
Saturday, we will go on an excursion to Cookham, Spencer’s Thames-side ‘village in Heaven’. This will include walking the two miles of the 2016 Cookham ‘Stations of the Cross’. Each Station is created uniquely by a local artist working in that year’s chosen medium.
The Reverend Nick Plant, associate vicar of Cookham, will lead our meditations through the walk, as everyday locations become places of encounter with Christ’s passion.
Following packed lunch and refreshments in the parish centre, the afternoon will include time to reflect on our experiences together; discussion of the project with Nick; and a visit to the nearby Stanley Spencer Gallery which houses Spencer’s Last Supper among other significant works.
Participants joining for the Saturday only will then depart after visiting the Stanley Spencer Gallery.
Weekend participants will arrive back in Sarum for an evening meal. On Sunday morning there will be space for participants to attend local church services in their own traditions (including the Palm Sunday Liturgy in the Cathedral), before a concluding session of reflections for all participants before Lunch at 1pm.
For all weekend participants, travel to Cookham is included. Participants for the Cookham day only will need to make their own travel arrangements and bring a packed lunch. Please note that the Saturday involves walking several miles so appropriate footwear is recommended.