Holy Land Visit February 2020

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Dear Headteachers

I have had the tremendous privilege of organising and leading two school study tours to Israel, and have found travelling to the Holy Land to be a profoundly life enhancing experience for all.  As a diocese, we are now in a position to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity to the children and young people in our Church of England schools.  Seeing the geographical and historical realities of the Holy Land provides a life-long backdrop for the faith journey of people of all ages. Walking in Jesus’ footsteps really imbues a deeper understanding that Jesus is a real person who lived and ministered and died in actual locations that we can see with our own eyes.

Sarah Brown, who will be the spiritual leader for this study tour / pilgrimage, is Canon Missioner at Peterborough Cathedral.  A former parish priest and Rural Dean in the Daventry Deanery, she has always enjoyed helping young people ‘see’ the real Jesus and is passionate about helping them engage with the Bible and work out how it applies to their own lives and faith. To do this in the landscapes, villages and city where Jesus lived and died is an extraordinary opportunity and she is looking forward to travelling alongside everyone on this pilgrimage, which has the potential to be a truly transformational experience.

The last Holy Land holiday which I led was for Twyford CE High School in London, where I was Head of Religious Education.  We opened up the opportunity for parents to also join us and many brought primary school aged children with them too; this created a great family atmosphere and meant that whole families were able to share in this wonderful experience together.  The same will be true on this occasion.  Children and young people up to the age of 17 will need to be accompanied by a parent / carer, with students aged 18 and above being allowed to travel alone or with friends, in the group.  Teachers are also very welcome to apply for places.

We would be grateful if you could circulate the attached brochure by email to your parent / carers and colleagues, with an accompanying email note.  Applications should be made directly to Lightline, using the booking form in the brochure.  Thank you in advance for your support in offering this opportunity to the families and colleagues in your schools.

Best regards


Peter Cantley

Diocesan Director of Education, Diocese of Peterborough