Yesterday was the annual Ride and Stride. This is where people do a sponsored cycle, walk or ride round the many Oxfordshire Churches listed by the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust for the event. The sponsorship money is split between the Trust and the person’s church.
The Covid-19 restrictions meant the event looked a little different this year. Not as many churches had people at the door welcoming.
In Abingdon, three churches still had welcomers (St Helen’s, Abingdon Baptist, and St Michael’s).
The other churches left a form to be signed to show who had visited. In Abingdon, this included: Trinity, Peachcroft Christian Centre, All Saints, and St Nicolas
Here are two Ride and Striders signing in at St Nicholas on the Market Place.
I took part and cycled around all the Abingdon churches and churches in some nearby villages: Shippon, Sunningwell, Bayworth, Boars Hill, Kennington, Radley, Culham, Sutton, Milton, Steventon, Drayton.
Both the Drayton Churches were open, and allowed you to look round.
St Peter’s Church looked very smart from outside
and from inside. They had the usual sanitiser and sign in sheet.
Drayton Baptist Church also had a sign in sheet.
I cycle by this chapel going to work and have wondered what it looks like inside. So thank you to them for opening the door and letting me inside. It is a lovely building.