An exhibition trailer offering support and advice on every day issues, is on pilgrimage throughout Wensleydale this week as part of the Church about the Dale programme.
The project, set up between the Methodist and Anglican Churches, aims to promote social inclusion and the good news of God’s love for all creation through both Methodist and Anglican outreach.
The trailer will be travelling up and down the area of Wensleydale providing active support and advice on issues such as debt, isolation, poverty, farming and community.
Rev Michael Hepper, who is the Area Dean for Wesley Deanery, said “ We are already involved with Hope Debt services, providing debt counselling and advice to the Dales.
“With the trailer, we can take the services out into the field and provide local advice and referral. In terms of isolation, we will be providing space when on tour for people to meet, to sit and to talk.
“We will also be taking referrals for visitors from the churches to call and help relieve isolation. Although we don’t have monetary resources, we do have the ability to signpost people on to other organisations and services such as food banks.
“Alongside this, the trailer will also provide an opportunity to show support and solidarity to the Farming community”.
The trailer visited Ripon Cathedral as a starting point for the pilgrimage of Blessing which runs until August 31.
Canon Ruth Hind, Canon Evangelist, along with Rev Hepper, were involved in the first service of the pilgrimage outside the west doors of the Cathedral on Sunday.
The service was a focus of blessing on all aspects of the area from churches and chapels, schools and hospitals to farmers and crops.
Canon Hind said: “Prior to working at the Cathedral I was Assistant Area Dean of Wensley and so I am very aware of the hard work and determination it has taken to get this far and am delighted to pray for the success of the initiative “
The trailer will continue on pilgrimage throughout Wensleydale when it will finish at the Jonas Centre with a final service followed by a barbecue.
For more information look at http://www.church-about-the-dale.org.uk/