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Bradwell Pilgrimage & Gathering

In July each year churches from across Essex and East London go on pilgrimage to one of the oldest Christian churches in England, St Peter-on-the-wall. A Saxon chapel built by St. Cedd on the Roman military station of Othona in AD654 at Bradwell-on-Sea.

St Thomas Parish Church, Peace Place Trust, Othona Community, The Salvation Army, Religious Society of Friends, Brentwood Diocese, Methodist District, Chelmsford Diocese, Street Pastors, Mothers Union, the YMCA, Essex Wildlife Trust and CTEEL all contributed to the success of the day

Revd Ruth Patten

Rev Ruth Patten, Archdeacon of Colchester reminded us about the journey to Emmaus.

St. Leonard’s Southminster led a variety of Messy Church activities for the children in the afternoon. Adults enjoyed an inspiring wildlife walk, reflecting around the labyrinth, wandering along the tranquil seafront and an Anglican communion held in the Chapel before hearing about its fascinating history. The day closed with worship and a message from the Bishop of Barking, Peter Hill who challenged us about what’s next in our journey with Christ.

In 2020 it is 100 years since the restoration of the Chapel, which means the Pilgrimage may also be the same age. Our ideas and plans are underway to make next year an equally amazing day of witness.

We are grateful to everyone who helped in any way towards creating such a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a special time together refreshing our walk with Christ.


Crowds walking towards Bradwell
Some people trying some lemonade
Ruth leading the Worship
Crowds at the pilgrimage
People in the chapel
The worship band
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