Pilgrims from the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) and friends were given a moving send off from St Chad’s Cathedral this morning (Friday) as they continue their journey north.

Members of the Relay to COP26 have been in Birmingham for the last four days.

Walkers will now continue their journey, which started in Cornwall, to Glasgow arriving in time for the November meeting of World Leaders at the Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Along their route the pilgrims are being joined by local walkers and are drawing attention to the climate crisis.

During the last few days a number of events have been held in Birmingham city centre to raise awareness of the pressing environmental situation.

At St Chad’s this morning the pilgrims gathered for a short service led by Mgr Tim Menezes, Cathedral Dean, which was also live streamed.

Hymns, prayers and the blessing all carried an environmental theme.

Walkers were presented with a prayer stone and all those present at the service received a prayer bracelet.

Service at St Chad's Cathedral

Prayers of Intercession for the COP26 walk

Find out more about the Relay to COP26

Photos at St Chad's Cathedral

Relay to COP26 at St Chad's Cathedral