Archbishop of York hails "great success" as Pilgrim launches new materials

Monday, October 6, 2014

Two new books and films have been released as part of the second stage of Pilgrim. The 'Grow' stage is designed to deepen churchgoers' faith and understanding of Christian teaching, and the first of the books in the series now available cover the Creeds, or shared beliefs of the church; and the Eucharist, covering teaching on Holy Communion.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: "I'm so thrilled that the Pilgrim Course has been a great success this past year and is being used so much across the country. Finding out about the Christian faith is the most important thing that anyone can do and I urge anyone who hears about the course to give it a go."

The two new videos show previous attendees and leaders sharing stories about their experiences of the course. Robyn Frame from Newcastle reflects on how Pilgrim "changed the way I learn about the Bible"

"The one thing that was really fantastic about Pilgrim was the new friends that I've made. I felt quite alone in my faith because I was new to it; I didn't really know people from the congregation properly and having these people who I've met through the course who are on the exact same level of faith as me has been fantastic. It's given me a group I can lean on and really learn from each other."

Another participant said that the course gave them:  "the ability to ask the daft questions - to ask those things that maybe you haven't had the opportunity to ask before, and maybe don't get to ask in church" that they found most helpful."

The Pilgrim Course, which is published by Church House Publishing and has sold more than 40,000 books in its first year, is the Church of England's national discipleship programme commissioned by the House of Bishops.

The course was created to support the Church's goal of "spiritual and numerical growth in the church" which was highlighted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in his first Presidential Address to the General Synod in July 2012.

The Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Steven Croft said: "The Grow Stage builds on the excellent foundation of Pilgrim to provide a rich resource for deepening faith and Christian discipleship in every parish and every kind of church. I'm excited to see how the new material will help local churches to grow from strength to strength and be a resource that everyone can use."

Watch the new Pilgrim promotional films on YouTube

Order the special £10 Grow Stage Pack from Church House Publishing

Explore free video and audio materials for Pilgrim