Consider a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land!

From Canon Stephen Earl, Vicar of Burwell:



You are warmly invited to join Canon Stephen Earl in visiting the beautiful places we read about in the Bible,and discovering for yourself the thrill of the Scriptures coming to life in a new and exciting way!

Thursday 17t h – Saturday 26th February, 2011

(Overlapping Spring ½ term week)



Follow in the steps of the Patriarchs, the Prophets, of Jesus and his disciples, and of countless Christian pilgrims over the ages!


Visit the land of the “living stones” today, and meet those who, despite hardships, fan the flame of the Christian faith in the land of Christ’s birth.


Meet those of the other Abrahamic faiths in a land sacred to Christians, Jews and Moslems.

Stephen writes:


Join me on a truly memorable “pilgrimage of a lifetime”visiting Biblical and other ancient sites of antiquity, meeting those who inhabit a remarkable land of stunning and varied beauty:

the land of milk and honey”


Bask in, and marvel at…

the lush green slopes of Galilee

the rugged hills around “Jerusalem – the golden”

the barren, sun-baked desert of Judea

the fertile “bread-basket” of the Jezreel Valley

the awesome rift valley, Masada & the Dead Sea,

1,300ft below sea level!



This is significantly different from any “standard pilgrimage”.

Given the need to support the remnant of Christians in the Holy Land – just 1% of the total population, and only about 2% in the Palestinian Territories including Bethlehem – the programme has been carefully designed to give support to Christians across the denominations wherever possible…

We are working with a Christian tour company and a Christian agent in the Holy Land, both of whom have many years’ experience in running pilgrimages in the Holy Land. We will be staying in high standard Christian-run accommodation (all bar one night in the plush new Jericho Inter-continental), and where possible lunching at Christian hostelries. We will be visiting some Christian (and non-Christian) organisations committed to humanitarian causes for those of all faiths.

The premise… that if we as Christians do not support our fellow Christians there, who else will? A Holy Land without any Christians in the land of Jesus’ birth and ministry, because they felt forced to give up on their struggle to survive there, is not a happy thought at all.

We must passionately “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and for the whole of this sacred land.










I am interested… What should I do now?

► Request full details and application form from:

Revd Canon Stephen Earl 01638 741262

Complete & return the application form with your deposit of £200

as soon as possible in order to secure you place and the flights (which

are now available). Bookings accepted on “first-come” basis.

The special price of £1370 includes almost everything!










A Pilgrimage Supporting Christians in the Holy Land

Since it has been announced Revd Canon Stephen Earl is leaving Burwell with Reach in the summer and moving on to parishes in the St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Diocese, he confirms that this pilgrimage will definitely go ahead, and that his new parishes are very happy for him to lead it.