Twitter helps pilgrims on Lindisfarne to Durham trek

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A LITTLE bird helped two pilgrims discover a church’s kindness as they embark on a 100-mile journey.

Reverend Paul Child, the new associate curate at Monkwearmouth Parish, invited the pair to call into his church after spotting a tweet on social network Twitter.

The message had been sent by the Big Bible project, saying Sheridan Voysey and DJ Konz, two Australians living in the UK, were about to embark, on foot, on the nine-day journey from Lindisfarne to Durham Cathedral to view the Lindisfarne Gospels.

The pilgrimage was designed to be an interactive experience for those following online, with regular tweets about their progress, pictures, video blogs and offers to pray for people as they walked, all under the hashtag #digipilgrim.

Paul said: “I thought it was worth asking if they were coming through our parish, not least because of the heritage of St. Peter’s, one of the oldest churches in the country.

“DJ replied, we swapped email addresses and decided to see what we could do to help them on the final leg of their pilgrimage.”

This included organising a tour of World Heritage candidate St Peter’s so the pair could find out about its history, and they also joined in a service at St Andrew’s.

Paul added: “The three churches in Monkwearmouth parish, the third being All Saints, Fulwell, are really seeking to be welcoming, hospitable places for people to come and worship.”

The pilgrims finished their journey through Durham Diocese with a brief visit to St Mary and St Cuthbert’s in Chester-le-Street, and continued on to Durham Cathedral.