This year’s Ride & Stride event, which is open to all churches, takes place on Saturday 14th September – make a note in your diary. Cyclists and walkers are sponsored to visit as many churches as they can and half of the amount raised is refunded to the sponsored person’s own church. You don’t even have to be affiliated to a particular Church – cycling or striding everyone is welcomed. The format is very flexible and churches and participants are free to decide themselves how they organise the day. Some cyclists pride themselves on visiting as many churches as they can concentrating particularly on out of the way churches. Other churches treat it as an annual church outing with a large group of people walking or cycling around the area. Even those who sit in the church and provide that all important welcome can be sponsored. All denominations take part from cathedrals to small village churches. However, we recognise that sometimes it is not possible for a Church to be kept open but still take part by pinning a Signing In Form on the church door for cyclists and walkers to register their visit.
Many churches open their doors and provide welcome refreshments for the participants. Our Ride + Stride event shares the same weekend with the Heritage Open Days and this is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the publicity and open your church to show your neighbours and visitors something of your life and achievements.
We particularly hope that churches which have been in receipt of grants from the Trust will show their appreciation by taking part this year.
If you require further details on any of the above please contact Margaret Lowe by phone (07757 800919) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).