The Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) is halfway through its Relay Pilgrimage to COP26 in Glasgow, and visiting York this month!

On Monday 20th September the pilgrims (pictured at Coventry Old Cathedral) will walk from Tadcaster to York Minster (approximately 15 miles), and keen walkers may be interested to join them on this section of the route.

However, if 15 miles sounds too daunting for you, why not join the walkers in the afternoon at Bishopthorpe, for a pleasant 4-mile walk along the Ouse to York Minster? The Bishop of Selby will accompany the pilgrims on this final stretch to York. Refreshments are served at The Belfrey, before the YCCN pilgrimage is welcomed at York Minster in a special Evening Prayer service at 5.30pm.

During the week the YCCN pilgrims will be in residence at The Belfrey – come and talk with them, or maybe invite one of them to come and speak at your church or school?

On Tuesday and Wednesday evening there will be events at Riding Lights’ Friargate Theatre: Passion for the Earth (Tuesday) and Care for the Earth (Wednesday). This last event will finish with a Sunset Vigil for the Earth. Booking is essential.

On Thursday afternoon the pilgrims will meet Archbishop Stephen for a round table conversation at the University of York. The archbishop will be joined by key leaders from the world of science, politics and campaigning, to talk about the moral, scientific and ethical case for urgent action on climate change. This event can be attended in person or online. Again, booking is essential.

On Friday the pilgrims will leave York at 9.30am, and once again you are welcome to join them for a shorter or longer section of the route towards Thorpe Underwood. Friday is also the Global Day of Climate Action, and some volunteers will stay at York to engage the public in praying for the earth.

Green Ambassador for the Diocese of York, the Revd Johannes Nobel, says: This is one of the most exciting opportunities of the autumn. The visit of the YCCN pilgrims to York coincides with the national Great Big Green Week, and York’s own Environment Week. It is very important that our churches show young people that we share their concern for the planet, and that we care deeply about the issue of climate justice. Please come and show your support.

Keen cyclists may wish to note that there is an opportunity to join the YCCN pilgrimage on two wheels as they make their way from Ripon to Stockton-on-Tees (via Northallerton) on Sunday 26th September.

For more detailed information and booking, please go to www.yccn.uk/york. This website will be updated as more details become available. Download and distribute the flyer of York events here.

URGENT: A few more volunteers are needed for support roles during the York section of the YCCN Relay. Can you help? Sign up here: www.yccn.uk.