All are invited to join Eastern Michigan’s chapter of Holy Hikes (a new ministry!) for worship, fellowship, and fun over the summer and fall.
There will be three opportunities in 2021 to come together on a Saturday afternoon to participate in a Holy Hike. Our day includes hiking (of course!), hearing scripture and praying together, and fellowship. Hospitality will be provided in accordance with COVID directives at the time of gathering.
All hiking sites have been carefully selected to be relatively easy treks to ensure access for all generations and most mobilities. We expect to spend about 90 minutes on the trail, including time both hiking and stopped for prayer and reflection. In the case of rain, the date will be rescheduled.
Please RSVP using the form linked at the bottom of this email.
Our Holy Hikes Chapter Coordinator is Tanna Leclaire, member of Grace, Port Huron and the bi-diocesan Evangelism Task Force. Questions? Contact Tanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT HOLY HIKES
Holy Hikes is a church-wide eco-ministry network affiliated with the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America developed with the goal of helping individuals be renewed in their relationship with the earth, the Church, and the Creator. Holy Hikes calls us beyond the walls of comfort, to take a step (or a hike!) towards reunion with the earth and all of its life and beauty.
Fun fact: Holy Hikes’ founder, the Rev. Justin Canon of the Diocese of California, is originally from Lexington, MI!
SCHEDULE & LOCATIONS
JULY 10, 2021 at 1PM
For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum
2142 N. Genesee Road
Burton, MI 48509
Visit their website for information about handicap accessibility and maps.
3.2 mile hike
No dogs permitted.
AUGUST 7, 2021 at 1PM
Ogemaw Hills Pathway
651 S Fairview Rd
West Branch, MI 48661*
*Online maps are unreliable for this address. The trailhead is located at the corner of Clear Lake Road and Fairview Road. Take Exit 212 (West Branch) following Business Loop 75 to Fairview Road and head north, about five miles.
Visit their website for more information and a map.
3 mile hike
Leashed dogs welcome.
OCTOBER 2, 2021 at 1PM
Banwell Nature Preserve
*From Indian River, go east on M-68 for about 6 miles. In Afton, turn left onto Quarry Road (gravel). After about 1/2 mile, turn left on Dunn Road (another gravel road). The gated preserve entrance is about half a mile down, on the left.
Visit their website for information and a map.
3.3 mile hike
Leashed dogs welcome.
FAQs & DETAILS
How should we pack for a Holy Hike?
For all participants to keep safe and healthy during our hikes, we ask that you pack the following items:
- Water bottle with plenty of water
- Bug spray (look for one that wards off ticks)
- (Optional) Bag chair, for fellowship at the trailhead
Please wear close-toed shoes, comfortable for heavy walking.
Who can come with?
Holy Hikes are open to all – you do not need to be an Episcopalian or a member of a church to join. Bring friends!
There are no age limits to participation, but we do require that any minors (kids under 18) be accompanied by a designated adult.
Can my dog come?
Due to park regulations, dogs are welcome to join us only at Ogemaw Hills Pathway and the Banwell Nature Preserve. All dogs must be leashed and waste must be picked up.
There is no cost to attend any of the Holy Hikes events, but your RSVP helps us plan and accommodate COVID precautions.