Pilgrimage Weekend 10th and 11th August

A weekend on the beautiful Isle of Bute

We’d love to see you on the island for our weekend of reflection and pilgrimage.

The roots of the act of pilgrimage stretch back into ancient history, spanning the planet and its faiths. Early Christian pilgrims followed in the footsteps of Saints or made journeys of penance or thanks to the world’s holiest shrines and sites such as Jerusalem or Rome.

The act of pilgrimage is increasing in popularity once again and while many of today’s pilgrims still travel along those ancient trails, the practice has now widened to include non-religious destinations; the significant ‘shrines’ for artists, political ideas, musicians and so on; These also give meaning and shape to people’s lives. 

For more detail on the routes we’ve developed for you please follow the links in the drop-down menu under – Pilgrimage and Reflective walks on Bute.

Weekend programme

Saturday 10th August

Art workshop in the United Church of Bute – 10 am start.

The workshop will be open to local residents of Bute who are interested in learning more about creating art that capture personal emotions – more details will be published shortly

Singing workshop and Shape Note Singing – 2 pm start.

The second activity on that day will be a visit from Shape Note Scotland. A group of people who come together for the joy of singing. The form of singing is the same as that used 200 years ago when many Europeans were forced to migrate to the Americas for economic reasons. Shape Note Scotland singers use a song book called ‘The Sacred Harp’ which is a collection of psalms and hymns written in a different musical notation for non-music readers. The group have agreed to hold one of their ‘Singings’ in the church centre on Saturday afternoon.

This event is open to all singers and will include a short workshop on the format before launching into an enjoyable afternoon of music.

Sunday 11th August

Join us for breakfast from 9.30 am in the church centre and then for worship in the sanctuary at 11 am, before we start our pilgrimage to St Blane’s church in Kingarth at 12.30 pm. We hope to arrive at St Blane’s around 5.30 pm

Worship with us at St Blane’s at 6 pm, even if you haven’t walked all the way.