Welcome to St. Matthew’s “Walk to Bethlehem”! This program is designed to increase the physical, spiritual and emotional health of all participants by using the popular idea of multi-tasking. Participants exercise the physical body by walking or other activities; exercise the spiritual body through prayer and devotion; and exercise the mind by learning about different people, places and cultures.
Our “imaginary” trip to Bethlehem will be a 14-week program, beginning Sunday, October 2, 2022 and to end Sunday, January 8, 2023. Our plan is to arrive in Bethlehem on the Feast of Epiphany. Like the other travelers from afar we will complete our journey to worship the Christ Child on the feast day.
When we “arrive” in Bethlehem on the Feast of Epiphany, our gifts for the Christ Child will not be gold, frankincense and myrrh but our stronger bodies, a deeper spiritual life and an increased sense of Community within our congregation. Our pilgrimage to Bethlehem is all-inclusive. We encourage all members of our congregation to join including friends and family.
So let us begin our 6,177 mile journey to Bethlehem!
All exercise counts as miles—Twenty minutes of physical activity equals one mile. Examples of eligible exercise include walking, jogging, swimming, golfing, yard work, and using gym equipment such as treadmills, bikes and weight machines. For individuals with physical challenges or limited mobility miles can be earned by doing physical therapy exercises, stretches or activities such as Armchair aerobics.
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Read the devotion of the day and consider the questions to ponder. Think and pray about these things as you engage in your activity that week. The Portals of Prayer is an excellent daily devotional resource, but please free to use your own prayer and devotional books you already own. Each daily devotion is counted as 1 mile!
Record your physical and devotional miles you complete each day. You can use the tracking form provided and deposit in the container in the back of the church. You may also log your miles each week online by following link https://forms.gle/AoRfoU7v8dxRWSrDA
Progress of our combined Walk to Bethlehem will be shared each week via the weekly newsletter and Facebook page. Please join us! If you have any question please contact Abbey Rose at 608-387- 1581 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org