St Hybald, Scunthorpe – a New Mission and a recent Pilgrimage

Our First Annual Pilgrimage to St Hybald

Our Orthodox Christian Mission in North Lincolnshire was launched with a pilgrimage to our patron, St Hybald, on Saturday 10th July, 2021. Unfortunately we were still under extended covid restrictions on the day, so were limited to 30 pilgrims. All places were filled!

It was a humid but dry summer’s day. Our host, the Church of England parish of St Hybald, Hibaldstow, had kindly opened the church for us on the previous evening to allow us to set up our altar. On the day, we could begin with the praying of the 3rd Hour and the prayers of preparation for Holy Communion. Apart from its purpose as the founding service of the new mission, the pilgrimage also afforded an opportunity for other Orthodox Christians from the old county of Lincolnshire to meet, worship and enjoy fellowship together. Christians from other church groups also joined us, including Fr David Eames, the Anglican vicar of St Hybald’s, whose kindness and generosity had allowed us to hold this pilgrimage.

To serve the Divine Liturgy beside the relics of St Hybald was a real blessing. May he pray for our mission and support our efforts.

Afterwards we gathered for a shared lunch in the church hall. Following Church of England protocol, this part of the event was treated like attending a cafe in terms of covid safety measures. Tables were set out 2 metres apart and with 6 chairs at each table. This worked very well.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the pilgrimage, and thank you to all who attended. See you all again next year, God-willing!

Subdeacon Chad Lyon

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