Canterbury Cursillo #50

Bishop Trevor Willmott presided and preached to a large congregation at the closing service of Canterbury #50 which was also attended by Lyn Radcliffe the President of the British Anglican Cursillo. Following the service, a group photograph was taken with a representative of every Canterbury Cursillo since Canterbury #1 in 1990 being present.





From Gill Neal – Lay Rector Canterbury Cursillo #50


I was amazed to be asked to be the Lay Rector of Canterbury Cursillo #50 and felt so nervous – I actually asked if they were sure they wanted me! Then the realisation of this being such an important weekend kicked in. Well God is in charge Gill, so do not worry!


The training days took place in April and May and from the moment the team members met together I knew we were on to a winner – so much experience and some very enthusiastic first timers – but what a team – lots of laughter yet serious preparation and great fellowship, God is Good! 


D-Day 6th June – Aylesford Priory – busy busy preparing and soon we were welcoming twenty pilgrims to their Cursillo weekend. A transformation was taking place – you could see it and feel it – butterflies were emerging – let alone the ones in my tummy! We were blessed with beautiful weather and many activities took place outside including some of the prayer times. One of the many highlights of the weekend for me personally was walking into a full Aylesford Church and hearing all the wonderful and joyful singing with the icing on the cake being the smiling face of The Bishop of Dover the Right Rev'd Trevor Willmott.


I have received many emails, letters and cards since the weekend from both staff and pilgrims. Here are some of the comments:


"Thank you for your leader ship over the weekend, I have been finding it so amazing how much has happened in my 4th day, God is truly amazing and I really to believe that even though my life has been lead by God, it's has been the weekend that has tipped me over the edge in giving the Lord 100% rather than 95% and allowing the Holy spirit to fill my life anew. Thank you and your team so much for giving me and the other pilgrims so much."


"A truly blessed weekend – can't wait to start my fourth day!"


"Many many thanks for all your hard work and the care we received from the whole team which made the Cursillo the best thing we have ever experienced."


"I have made new friends for which I truly thank you."


So, a really big "thank you" from the bottom of my heart to each of the Pilgrims and all the wonderful "A TEAM" staff who gave their all and then some more! Thanks also to the Secretariat for all their support and to everyone else behind the scenes, who prayed, sent palanca and came along.


I cannot close without thanking the Dover Happeners for all their Caritas, love and care which of course made me cry!!