Holy Hikes is a ministry and worship service of St. Paul Lutheran Church within both the Allegheny Synod of the ELCA and the Central Pennsylvania Diocese of the Episcopal Church.
We hike on various trails throughout the Centre Region. As we hike, we enjoy the Creation, worship the Creator, and celebrate the Eucharist.
Holy Hikes usually happen the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 1:30PM.
WHO IS INVITED
For starters, you are invited! Children are welcomed and encouraged to attend. If your dog is used to longer walks, they are invited as well.
The hikes tend to be between 2 to 4 miles in length.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING
Wear clothing you would wear while hiking in the woods that is appropriate to the season and expected weather conditions. Sturdy, comfortable, closed toed shoes are better than flip-flops for these worship services. You should, as always, wear sunscreen on exposed skin. During the summer, you are encouraged to wear insect repellent that repels ticks. As this worship service is an active one, water is recommended. If you benefit from a hiking staff or poles, consider bringing them.
WHY DO YOU DO THIS?
We believe that “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God,” (Romans 8:19ff). We also believe that we are called to care for the earth as God cares for the earth. By worshiping outside of the environments we have constructed, we live into the proclamation that the Good News is not only for human beings, but for the whole of Creation as well.
For the most up to date information, check out the Holy Hikes – Central PA Facebook Page.