- Walking Day History
Sunday during term time (except Parade Sundays ; 2nd Sunday in every month), to explore our faith together through songs, stories, games, drama, art and craft etc.
Children are welcome from age 3 upwards and are split into different age groups athough we often join together to celebrate special festivals such as Easter and Christmas. We meet in the Church Hall next to church and walk across to join the rest of the congregation for communion. We aim to take an active part in the life of our church, and have recently taken part in the annual walk of witness and held our Rose Queen crowning ceremony in church.
If you are interested in joining us or would like further information please call in any Sundays during term time.Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There may be some of you who have joined this parish in recent years and wonder what our "Walking Days" are all about and how they originated. It is primarily a Lancashire tradition which stemmed from Whitsuntide celebrations and the custom of walking the boundaries of the Parish.
When our own Walking Days began they were organised by the Sunday School to help educate the children of the families who had moved into the towns to work in the mines and cotton mills This was an opportunity for everyone to get together, dress up, show their faith and meet with friends families and neighbours away from the drudgery of the working week.
It is not known exactly when Walking Day started in Chorley, but records date back to the late 1800's and 1900's when all the children were dressed in white and they walked side by side, row after row, with large bunches of flowers. Behind them the banners and mottos were carried, and also bands came along to play the music. The Rose Queen joined the procession, children carrying the Bible, men and women of the parish, clergy and choir, and then in later years they were joined by the brownies, guides, cubs and scouts. On Saturdays after Walking Day everyone got changed and then went along to The Field where games and races were held.
Everyone was proud to be part of Walking Day as it was a great occasion and as you grew older and attended Sunday School and Church week after week then you began to understand what Walking day was all about — 2 days to show the rest of the parish and indeed Chorley that you believed and loved the Lord Jesus and wanted to tell everyone this message — in a Walk of Witness.
I have walked in St George's Procession for over 60 years and am proud to show that I belong to St George's Church and the Family of God. (picture shows my first Walking Day — maybe others will recognise themselves!)
I do hope this has given you a brief insight into Walking Day, there is a place for everyone, young children of Sunday School with their teachers, Rose Queen, banner helpers ,organisations and uniformed organisations, any mums and dads that want to walk please join the adults and let us make this year one to remember