Bruton Parish High School Pilgrimage: Navajoland (New Mexico) and Cataract Canyon (Utah)
When: July 6-17, 2019
Where: Navajoland, New Mexico; Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Who: Current high school students and their friends
Cost: $1300 ($400 deposit; cost reduced to $1200 with deposit by March 1).
Scholarships: Scholarships are available based on need.
Sign-up: Deposit and registration required by April 1 to participate.

If your questions are not answered below then please e-mail The Rev'd Josh Stephens, Associate Rector of Family Ministry, Bruton Parish Church, at, or call the church at 757-229-2891.

Bruton Parish's High School Youth Group is traveling west—way west. From July 6th-17th, 2019, Father Josh Stephens and Meghan Brewer will lead BPC high schoolers and their friends on a trip to New Mexico and Utah. There you will step into the life of the Navajo Nation for 6 days as you help St. Michael’s Episcopal Church host a Vacation Bible School and improve their parish facilities. Next you will spend the remainder of the trip rafting and camping on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. Like our past trips, this experience will be framed by prayer and work, but this isn’t just a mission trip—it’s a pilgrimage.
The altar of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Navajoland.
What is a pilgrimage? You might be wondering why the distinction between a mission trip and a pilgrimage matters. What does it mean to be a pilgrim in a day and age where travel isn’t all that uncommon? First, let’s consider what a pilgrimage is not: it isn’t a vacation—even as it’s a reprieve from life’s usual routine--because a pilgrimage asks something significant and difficult of the pilgrim. It isn’t a service trip, though service is often a byway to facilitate the pilgrim’s journey (and it will play a big role in this pilgrimage). It isn’t a retreat, or camp, or a time-filler for that midsummer slump (after boredom sets in but before the frenzied week of completing summer homework packets begins).
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