Join Me for the #DigiPilgrim Online Pilgrimage to Durham

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Pilgrimage: a meaningful journey to a sacred place.

Or in this case: from one sacred place to another.

Next month, my friend DJ and I will undertake an 8-day pilgrimage from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to Durham, in partnership with the brilliant BigBible and CODEC team at Durham University. We will cover over 100 miles, see some astounding natural beauty, learn a thing or two about North England’s rich spiritual heritage, and arrive at the ancient, beautifully-illustrated Lindisfarne Gospels currently on view at Palace Green Library, Durham University.

Want to join us?

A Modern Day (Digital) Pilgrimage

Ever since God called Abraham to journey to an unknown land, people of faith have been making pilgrimages to places of spiritual significance. God can be found anywhere of course, but to walk in the steps of Jesus through Jerusalem, or to visit Rome, or to follow the Apostle Paul’s missionary journeys can be a life-changing experience. Pilgrimage reminds us that our whole lives are journeys in which God meets us. On a pilgrimage you should leave one person and return another, even it’s just to return with renewed clarity about God, your life, your purpose, and what’s most important.

But not everyone can take a week off and travel to England’s north. That’s why DJ and I will be making this a digital pilgrimage—using simple tools like our phones, iPads and social media accounts to share the journey with you.

Here’s How it Will Work

The #DigiPilgrim Online Pilgrimage takes place Sunday September 15th to Monday 23rd (book it in your diary now!). We’ll be walking an average of 14 miles each day, and along the way will be sharing:

  • Video blogs: uploaded here each afternoon of the trek (internet permitting) reflecting on what we’ve seen, heard, felt and learnt
  • Pictures: via Twitter and Facebook, and also collated here each day
  • Tweets and reflections: via the #DigiPilgrim hashtag

We’ll publish a rough itinerary of our stopping points soon for you to follow, plus the lessons we’re learning on how to prepare for pilgrimage.

5 Steps to Get Involved

We hope this virtual pilgrimage will become a devotional opportunity for you to connect with God and reflect on your life. It may even prepare you to take the trip in person one day! To take part:

  1. Subscribe to the BigBible blog, where all the action will happen
  2. Follow us on Twitter: @bigbible @sheridanvoysey @djkonz and share your questions and thoughts along the journey (me and BigBible are on Facebook too)
  3. Start following the #DigiPilgrim hashtag
  4. Discover more about Lindisfarne, Durham Cathedral and the Lindisfarne Gospels
  5. Reflect on this story of Jesus meeting two people along their own journey

We hope you can join us on what will be a great adventure.

An adventure where we, and not you, get the blisters!


Question: So, are you in? Tell me now!

Lindisfarne Island

Lidisfarne Island. Picture: Neil Roger

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral. Picture: Adam Bent

Lindisfarne Gospels

The 1300 year-old Lindisfarne Gospels. Photo:

Matthew detail, Lindisfarne Gospels

Title page for the Gospel of Matthew in the Lindisfarne Gospels (Wikipedia)


  • August 30, 2013
    David Bartlett

    I’m in 🙂 Sounds awesome – something I’d dream of doing one day

  • September 11, 2013

    Hey Sheridan this is so darn exciting. What an awesome concept. I will be following and doing some kind of devotion along with you guys.
    The Bigbible RSS feed link doesn’t seem to be working properly just gets me a page of code… I couldn’t see a place to message the BigBible people about it. Anyway Wishing you a happy, blisterfree amazing journey!


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