There has been a recent growing interest in the concept of Pilgrimage.
Increasing numbers of people engage in pilgrimages while the idea of
pilgrimage and being 'on the way' is often used to describe the Christian Life.
The theme of the 2016 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was 'People
on the Way'.
Some years ago, a small group of people at St Cuthbert's Church in central
Edinburgh began to explore themes arising from the life of St Cuthbert and
Celtic Christianity in general. In time, this informal group came to include
people with no formal connection with St Cuthbert's, and a loose network of
interested folks met every couple of months or so to share in some worship
inspired by Celtic traditions and explore some aspects of contemporary
Christian life through the lens of some of the lives of Celtic saints and the
theses of the Celtic Christianity of our lands.
This loose grouping was called 'The Way of Cuthbert'. The 'Way of Cuthbert'
is no more, but developing out of some of the ideas and themes that were
explored and with new people expressing an interest in joining in some kind of
similar group a series of seminars and a loose network of interested people is
emerging called 'The Pilgrim Way'
It is intended that the aims, ethos and values of this network and its
occasional meetings will include:
- Drawing on the deep wells of orthodox Christian theology and spirituality
especially as discovered in the Celtic tradition of these islands.
- A generous, welcoming and open approach which accommodates different and
diverse viewpoints and is committed to listening to each other with respect
- A missional and active faith
- A concern for justice, peace and the integrity of creation
- An affirmation of the importance of lively and theological exploration for
- The encouragement of an ever deepening spirituality
If you or anyone you know, might have an interest in finding out more about
the Pilgrim Way, or being part of the email updates and information, or may
wish to use the Daily Office or attend some of the occasional seminars, please
email the Church Administrator
asking to be added to the
'Pilgrim Way' email list.
There are several aspects to 'The Pilgrim Way' . . .
Daily Office and Night Prayer
A Daily Office
(based on the former 'Cuthbert Office') is available for individual (or group)
use by those involved in the Pilgrim Way. This includes a Morning and an
Evening format for each day, and also a short Night Prayer office. There wll
also be seasonal material provided. It is intended that suggested Psalms and
Readings will also be available for each day along with a short comment or
The Daily Office with Night Prayer is available to view online
«« or you can download a
Daily Bible Readings
The Daily Psalms and Bible Readings, along with comments
or reflections will be available from Advent 2016 onwards.
Download the daily Bible readings, and thoughts for May »»
Latest version - 27 Apr 2017 readings for first
week of May now available
Other reading notes:
Suggested Reading List
A suggested Reading
List for anyone interested in finding out more, is available
If you have any suggestions for books to add to this list, please email the
details to the Church Administrator
seminars will be arranged in different parts of Scotland to allow
those interested to explore themes connected with Christian faith, church life,
mission and spirituality as informed by our Celtic heritage.
Saturday 13 May 2017 at Fowlis Wester Parish
Church, Perthshire. 10.30am to 12 noon (coffee and tea from 10am).
We will share in a short time of opening worship (based on themes related to
the life of St Bean) and then reflect briefly on some of the aspects of St
Bean's life and look more fully at 'Christianity and Creation'. (Fowlis
Wester. Crieff. Perthshire. PH7 3NL)
Directions : Fowlis Wester is off the A85 road a few miles east of
Crieff and is signposted from the main road. Coming from the direction of Perth
you will pass through Methven travelling west. After some miles you will come
to the small settlement of New Fowlis. At the crossroads there turn right onto
the minor road signposted to Fowlis Wester. Continue up the hill and into the
village, past the wee square (where the replica Pictish stone is situated) and
the church is on the right. There is a good deal of parking between the church
and the village hall. Coming from the direction of Crieff and travelling east,
you will pass through Gilmerton and after a few miles come to New Fowlis where
you turn left at the sign for Fowlis Wester and then the directions are the
same as above. Directions can also be found on the village hall website https://www.sites.google.com/site/fowliswesterhall/find-us
Note : PH7 3NL will get you to the village
More seminars to follow - also possibly a trip to the Holy Island of
Lindisfarne and even to Durham Cathedral and the shrine of St Cuthbert!