Poverty pilgrimage around city streets

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A CHURCH pilgrimage is being held at the weekend to see what action is being taken to tackle poverty in a Sheffield suburb.

On Saturday, members of Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield will be walking around the streets of Manor Castle ward, accompanied by Sheffield Central MP, Paul Blomfield.

Among the pilgrims will be Coun Pat Midgley, who represents the area, the Rev Liz Wills, Minister of Victoria Methodist Church in Stafford Road, and the Rev Liz Upton, Vicar of St Aidan’s Church on Manor Lane.

The pilgrims will visit several places where inspiring work is being carried out with people in various forms of poverty and will include pauses for prayer or reflection at significant points along the way.

The picturesque route goes through some of Sheffield’s most important historical areas.

Church Action on Poverty has held two previous pilgrimages in Sheffield.

Members visited Arbourthorne in 2009 and Burngreave in 2010.

Mr Blomfield said: “Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield does fantastic work to encourage greater action on tackling poverty.

“Events like the pilgrimage are important as they help raise awareness about poverty and I’m looking forward to joining them on Saturday.”

The pilgrims are gathering from 9.30am at Victoria Methodist Church and Victoria Centre, Stafford Road, then visiting the Salvation Army Castle Corps, Duke Street, before visiting Skye Edge followed by St Oswald’s Roman Catholic Church and Emmaus Anglican and Roman Catholic School, Wybourn.

From there, they will walk to Manor Oaks Farm and Shop, Manor Park Centre, William Temple Church, the historic Manor Lodge and St Aidan’s Church before finishing the pilgrimage around 2pm at Victoria Methodist Church.

Anyone wishing to participate should contact email sarahbaker17@live.co.uk or call Sarah on 07949 682050.