Walk A Cross the Island

Churches in the Isle of Man are inaugurating a new Intermediate Body this week, Churches Alive In Mann (CAIM).

The word 'caim’ originates from an old Gaelic word meaning: 'protecting’, ‘encircling’, ‘sanctuary’, ‘loop’ or ‘circle’ and has been passed down from the ancient Celtic Church. Caim prayers are simple prayers of faith, acknowledging God knows and understands. Caim prayers are encircling prayers – the circle symbolises the encircling love and presence of God surrounding you, protecting you, caring for you (Psalm 125 v 2).

The inauguration begins with Walk A Cross the Island during Holy Week (30 March to 5 April), a unique journey of the cross around the Isle of Man. Everyone, from all denominations has been invited to join the pilgrimage at any stage of its journey throughout the week.

David Cornick, General Secretary of Churches Together in England has sent the following message to Bishop Robert Paterson, Chair of CAIM:
We were delighted to hear of the inauguration of Churches Alive In Mann and the walk of witness around the Island, culminating with worship in the cathedral on Easter Sunday afternoon.
On behalf of all at Churches Together in England, we send greetings to the churches of CAIM  as they witness to the passion and resurrection of our Lord, and join our prayers with theirs for the work of the churches and for the people of the island.
May the joy of the risen Christ be yours.


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