Two thousand years ago Mary and Joseph travelled 80 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This year they will travel a predicted 80 miles around the Wayfield and Weedswood estates into people’s homes as their progress is tracked and updated online for all to see.
The pilgrimage started out from St Philip & St James’ Church in Chatham on 1 December, and will return there in time for the Church’s Crib Service (4.30pm on 24 December), having visited a different household or group every day.
Adapted from a Mexican tradition (‘Las Posadas’) where people dress as characters from the story of Jesus’ birth, these small knitted figures are travelling to different households and groups around the parish. At each stop they make they leave a candle representing the light that came into the world at Christmas.
The hosts are asked to make Mary and Joseph feel comfortable and provide them shelter for the night. Hosts are encouraged to complete the travel diary online and upload photos of what they get up to.
You can follow along on posada.pipnjims.co.uk and #pjposada13.
The Revd Sharon Copestake (curate at Pipnjims Church) said, ‘This year we want to take the hope of the Christian faith into people’s homes as we draw near to Christmas – taking part and following the journey goes some way in helping us understand the significance even today of the extraordinary events of over 2000 years ago.’