Revival prayer walk from Lowestoft to Lighthouse
A small team of people from Lighthouse Community Church in Sheringham have been walking from Lowestoft to Sheringham to commemorate the East Anglian Revival which started in Lowestoft 100 years ago. Tony Rothe reports.
The group of five walkers started their walk on Sunday July 18 at Boots the chemist in Lowestoft. The store had been built during the twentieth century on the site of the original Lowestoft Baptist church, where the 1921 Revival had begun.
The group included Ian Savory and Daniel Ward, two of the leaders at Lighthouse, plus Ian’s son Joe Savory, and Connor Winston and Tim Waller, two of the interns at Lighthouse. They stopped to pray outside three other Lowestoft churches which had been caught up in the Revival, before continuing along the coast to Caister on Sea via Corton, Hopton, Gorleston and Great Yarmouth.
Lighthouse youth pastor Peter Skivington joined the group on the second day which took them via Ormesby to Stalham where they were hosted by Stalham Baptist Church and amply fed by Ron and Jane Skivington.
Tony Rothe from Lighthouse, and also from the Network Norfolk editorial team, joined the walkers on the Tuesday, and takes up the story:
“We made our way north in glorious sunshine enjoying the beautiful Norfolk countryside, stopping for refreshment at the appropriately named Lighthouse Inn at Walcott. Reaching the coast lifted our spirits, and we soon passed through Bacton and the gas terminal, arriving at Paston for lunch overlooking the large village pond. It was a joy observing a heron patiently seeking his lunch, as well as a family of noisy coots and also mallards and various dragonflies, as we munched our picnics.
“Prayer and ice creams in Mundesley provided a welcome break in our hike, before we completed the final leg past the radar site into Trimingham where our day’s walk concluded at around 3pm, some 12.5 miles after we started. This proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable day of fellowship, prayer and laughs, punctuated with well-timed refreshments.”
On the Wednesday, the core group was joined by Justin, one of the Lighthouse youth, for the final stretch from Trimingham via Cromer to Lighthouse Community Church in Sheringham, in time for a cooked lunch at the church. The complete journey had been some 48 miles over 4 days.
Ian Savory, senior leader at Lighthouse, said “We felt it was important to commemorate the last significant Revival experienced by the UK, which started just down the road in Lowestoft, and impacted the lives of so many people. We are praying that God will pour out His Spirit on these communities, and that a new Revival will, once again, sweep through our land, and that people will turn back to God in huge numbers.”
The top picture shows the group, with support driver David Bickford, about to set off from Lowestoft on the first day. The middle picture shows the group just after arrival at Trimingham on the third day. The bottom picture shows the triumphal arrival at Lighthouse in Sheringham on the Wednesday. All photos are courtesy of Sue Savory.
Read our previous story about the Lowestoft Revival here.
For more pictures, visit the Lighthouse Facebook page.
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