Parishes partner together for the Pauatahanui Inlet area

The Parishes of Pauatahanui and Whitby joined together on Sunday once more in a pilgrimage from one parish to the other.  The pilgrimage served as a reminder of when the parishes were once joined as one parish, and was a great opportunity to look out over the Pauatahanui Inlet area which is common to both parishes and commit to partnering for the Gospel in the area.

The pilgrimage began with parishioners starting in morning prayer at St Albans Church in Pauatahanui, then walking around the inlet and up to St Mary’s Church in Whitby, stopping along the way to hear the words of Isaiah: “you shall walk and not be faint.”  The pilgrimage is something of an annual event for the Pauatahanui Parish, which usually begins the year with a walk between its own churches or the local marae, but Rev Pete Watson says it was great to this year go wider and walk to their neighbours.

As the parishes joined together and reflected on their joint history, they shared the peace and communion together and enjoyed fellowship together as two local faith communities in our larger diocesan family.