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Hiking for historic churches and caring for God's creation

David and Julia Routledge are taking part in the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Bike ‘n Hike on Saturday 10th September 2022, 9am – 5pm.

Half the sponsorship money enables the Trust to continue giving grants to churches and chapels for the care and repair of their buildings, which are so important in the lives of our towns and villages. The other half goes to the participating church ie. St Andrew’s.

They have decided to start out at Renhold and will HIKE between the churches in and around Bedford. Being a more rural walk, they won’t be hitting so many churches within the 8 hours, but they will make sure they stop off some time at St Andrew’s.

In St Andrew’s Vision which all St Andrew’s church family helped to create this year, we summed up our values and focus in “Five Ships”. One of the “Five Ships” is “Stewardship”: Caring for God’s creation, and using our resources courageously. As the other half of the sponsorship money in the Bike ‘n Hike goes towards the participating church, David and Julia have decided that they would like their half to go towards St Andrew’s work on Creation Care and being an Eco Church – we are hoping to achieve Gold by 2025, having already achieved the Bronze award in Autumn 2021. To find out more, go to

If you would like to sponsor David and Julia, they will be around at the First Sunday Breakfast or after the All Age Worship this Sunday, 4th September.

Pat Rogers has kindly offered to take sponsors on their behalf after the Wednesday morning service, and there is also a sponsorship form in the Church Office during the week.

David and Julia will also be praying as they walk during the Bike ‘n Hike as it provides a wonderful opportunity to be attentive to where God is moving in the very place where we live. When paying attention to creation whether in buildings, amongst people or in nature, we can open our spiritual eyes to see what the Lord is already doing and participate with Him in His good work.

Here is an idea you could use to pray: If you are able, why don’t you take part in the prayer walk below. You don’t have to pray out loud – God still hears your thoughts. Even if you can’t go for a walk, may be you could take part when sitting in your garden or looking out of your window.

Julia and David Routledge

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