For several years the Youth Group has been squirreling away money for the next pilgrimage to the UK, and now, at least, tickets are booked and we will be setting off on June 17 for a week in England! 7 youth are going, and three chaperones. The youth who have signed up are Matt Sauselein, Ben Kellett, Dan Grieff, Alex Melso, Nicole Melso, Jena King and Dana Buchan. The chaperones are Judy Buck-Glenn, Ken Mobley, and Cliff Kellett, all of whom have worked with the youth over the last several years. We will spend three days in London and three in Cambridge and then a final part-day in London before returning on Sat June 25. We will be staying in youth hostels, and traveling by tub and trains. Among the planned activities are trips to Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court palace, a boat ride on the Thames, The Tower of London, punting on the Cam, the Christian Heritage Walk in Cambridge, a trip to Ely Cathedralâ€”we hope to be able to go up on the roof!â€”and brass rubbings at St-Martin-in-the-Fields and more, including attending a service at St. Paulâ€™s Cathedral.
We will be tracing the footsteps of Thomas Cranmer, who was a quiet don at Cambridge until he was thrust into the spotlight when Henry VIII wished to end his marriage to Catherine of Aragorn.Â Thomas Cranmer worked out the theological rationale, and the king, in gratitude, made him Archbishop of Canterburyâ€”and thrust poor Cranmer right into the center ofÂ things in the turbulent decades that followed, Cranmer ended up a Protestant martyr, being burned at the stake by Henryâ€™s vengeful daughter Mary Tudor. But the great gift he left to the church was The Book of Common Prayer, which has nourished the spirituality of generations of Anglicans.
We will visit several sites connected with his life and death, but we are also seeking to explore our Anglican heritage, and to see the place from which our particular (and sometimes peculiar) version of the Christian faith first sprang into being.