All are invited to join our bi-diocesan chapter of Holy Hikes, part of the churchwide Holy Hikes network, for worship, fellowship, and fun over the summer and fall.
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!
There will be several opportunities in 2023 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. The hikes will start at 1p.m. In the case of rain, the date will be rescheduled.
We ask all participants to RSVP to let us know they’re coming and so that, in case of weather, we can notify you about any cancellations or postponements.
We are looking forward to gathering together to hike through God’s creation throughout the spring and fall, across both Eastern and Western Michigan. Hikes begin at 1p.m.
- April 22 – Stepping Stone Falls, Flint, MI
- June 17- Camp Chickagami, Presque Isle, MI
- August 26 – Newaygo Welcome Center, Newaygo, MI
- September 23 – Mill Pond Park, Mt. Pleasant
- October 14- Woodland Park and Nature Center, Battle Creek, MI
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)
- 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.