By the grace of God, we completed the “Peace Walk 2022” between Westminster Abbey and St Paul Cathedral on Saturday 16 October. We were 15 people gathered at Westminster Abbey at 8:00am London time to attend the Eucharist at the shrine of St Edward the Confessor which was especially for the National Pilgrimage Day which was also on Saturday 16 October. We were warmly greeted by Canon Patricia Hillas and Bishop Antony Ball who took us around in a short tour around the Abbey ended in Jerusalem Chamber where he led prayers for peace and for the ministry of Awareness Foundation.
After the Abbey we walked to Holy Trinity Church Sloane Square where we were lovingly greeted by the church warden Mrs Carolyn Hallett and the Assistant Priest the Revd. Yaroslav Sky Walker who offered their hospitality to all of us.
Fr Nadim, Executive Director, and Huda, Director for the Middle East, shared the participants the exciting story of the Awareness Foundation which was founded at Holy Trinity in 2003 and remained there until 2011.
The next stop was St Marylebone church where we welcomed by the Revd Stephen Evans. Fr Stephen enthusiastically told us the story of the church and their mission and vision especially as they are about to end enormous renovation project which will enable the church to expand her ministry and outreach. Fr Stephen, then, took us to visit the Jerusalem Chapel in the crept of the church and there he led prayers for peace in the Middle East and n the world.
During the walk, we had the opportunity to visit Orthodox Parish of St Nicholas, St Mary Le Bow and St Brides church.
We reached our final destination which was St Paul Cathedral. There we joined many more pilgrims who came to the Cathedral to pray, light a candle and visit.
Our leader of the walk who was a trustee of the Foundation Richard Smart, took us on very exciting tour of the Cathedral and told us so many not well-known facts and information about many places inside that incredible building.
The walk was a huge success for the Foundation, and we are endlessly grateful to everyone who took part and made the offered to walk with us the whole day. We did walk more than 27,000 steps. We are extremely grateful to Richard who led the walk and amazed us with his vast knowledge of London and the churches that we visited on the way.
We are also deeply thankful for all those who supported us financially and donated on either on our website or our just giving page or Network for Good which is our American donation page on our website. We are still receiving donations and we will publish how much the walk raised later.