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Simple Ways to Serve God on a Daily Basis

Jun 21, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Simple Ways to Serve God on a Daily Basis

To live a Christian life is to live a life of service to God and other people, through demonstrating love and kindness to everyone, even though they may not show it back. There are a number of things we can do on a daily basis to serve both God and other people, and we need to make sure we take as many opportunities as possible to live in a godly way.

Treat other people the way you want them to treat you
One fundamental aspect of Christianity is to treat others the way you’d like them to treat you. By being kind to people even when they’re unkind to you, you set a good example and become an effective representative of Christianity and God.

Help people in need
Matthew 25:34-40 sees Jesus telling us to help others by visiting the sick, providing food for the hungry, giving clothing to the needy and comforting people in prison. Once again, when people see you offering your help in the name of God, you’ll help to open up their hearts to Him in an effective way.

Don’t worry about things beyond your control
It’s important that you always aim to do your best in a situation to deal with life’s problems and are accountable for your own actions, but you shouldn’t worry about things beyond your control. Even those with the strongest faith sometimes struggle with this, but instead you should put your faith in Jesus that everything will work out in the way that it needs to.

Read the Bible
By reading the Bible for just 10-20 minutes a day, you’ll finish Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in about a month. By ensuring you know and understand the life and teachings of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Pray
Through prayer, you will reaffirm your faith and connect with God in a way to will give you the strength to live your life in a good, Christian way. Pray for others and ask the Holy Spirit to enter their souls, not only will it help them to find God, but it may help them to get through difficult times.

Forgive enemies and people who wrong you
It’s important to forgive your enemies and people who have wronged you, because when you forgive others, God forgives you in the same way. However, God will not forgive your sins if you do not forgive others.

Learn the Word of God
By learning the four Gospels, you’ll know and understand the Word of God. By learning this knowledge, you’ll have plenty of examples on how to live a good Christian life. When you encounter challenging situations where you’re not sure what to do, you can draw upon the Word of God to make the right decision.

Talk to other people about Jesus
By talking to friends, family and colleagues about how Jesus died for our sins, and that eternal life of heaven s given for all those who believe in Him, you’re doing God’s work and helping them to accept Jesus into their hearts. Keep an online blog, write letters, speak face-to-face or ask loved ones to attend church with you.

At ITS Travel, our pilgrimages help you to reaffirm your faith as part of a small family group or with your church. Give us a call on 0161 839 1111 or get in touch online to find out more.

Greek Orthodox Itinerary

May 26, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Greek Orthodox Itinerary

Day 1: TEL AVIV- TIBERIAS
Arrive to Ben Gurion Airport – overnight Tiberias for your overnight stay.

Day 2: TIBERIAS / RIVER JORDAN / CAPERNAUM/TABGHA/TIBERIAS
Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus met Simon, Peter, James and John, his first disciples, and performed many miracles here. He stilled the raging storm on the Sea of Galilee that was about to flood their boat and walked on the stormy sea to His Apostles.
Continue to Capernaum, the headquarters of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, and walk in the same village Jesus did. It is here in Capernaum that our Lord and Saviour chose and called forth His Apostles, and where He preached and performed miracles such as the healing of the paralytic, the mother-in-law of Apostle Peter, the servant of the centurion and many others. See the remains of the House of Saint Peter, one of the very few exact sites we know Jesus visited. A Franciscan Church has been built over the ruins of the house. See the ruins of the Synagogue where Our Lord preached. Continue to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles, the very place Jesus called His first disciples. Enjoy the peaceful setting of this beautiful church with its red domes. In the 4th Century A.D., many monasteries and churches were built in the places where our Lord lived, taught and performed miracles. Drive on to the Mountain of Beatitudes, where Jesus Christ preached the Sermon on the Mount and where the Lord’s Prayer was said for the first time. Then, on to Tabgha (Seven Springs) and the Church of the Multiplication of Fishes and Loaves. It is here that the miracle of the loaves and fish took place. Over 5,000 men, women and children were fed from the miraculous multiplication of the five loaves of bread and two fish. Our last stop will be Yardenit on the River Jordan, the site for Spiritual Baptism and Agiasmos. Experience an affirmation of your baptism in the same river that our Lord was baptized by Saint John the Baptist 2,000 years ago. You may rent a white robe to wear into the Jordan River for your Spiritual Baptism,($10) and you may wear your bathing suit below your robe. For those who purchase or rent robes, a room is available to change. Return to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: TIBERIAS / MT. TABOR / CANA / NAZARETH / JERUSALEM
Begin with a visit the Church of the Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor. According to Christian tradition, this is the traditional site of the Transfiguration. The church and monastery are built on the ancient foundations of its summit, 588 meters (approximately 2,000 feet) above sea level. Take a taxi to the top of Mt. Tabor. There, see an utterly commanding view of all of lower Galilee and the valley of the Armageddon. It was here that Jesus revealed the wonderful power of presence in communion with the Lawgiver and prophets of the past (Moses and Elijah). This also became immediate evidence of Communion with His Father. Enter the Church of Transfiguration and pray. At the foot of Mt. Tabor is the little village of Naim, where Jesus raised the only son of the poor widow from the dead. Our next stop is Cana and the Greek Orthodox Church where our Lord performed his first public miracle. Jesus turned water into wine at the request of His Blessed Mother the Virgin Mary to spare the bridegroom the embarrassment of running out of wine at his wedding party. You may purchase wine from the shop opposite the church. For those who wish to renew their wedding vows, a special service for married couples will follow. Continue to nearby Nazareth, one of the holiest towns in Christendom. This city was the home of Mary, Joseph and Jesus until the beginning of His ministry. Nazareth is also where Jesus spent some years of His youth after returning to Israel from Egypt and until His public ministry began. Visit the Virgin Mary’s Well where the Angel Gabriel announced the “good news” to Mary that she would give birth to Our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation is built over this site. We then drive through the biblical heartland down to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM
After breakfast, drive to Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Lord and Saviour and the cradle of biblical history. Bethlehem is located five and half miles from Jerusalem. No town in the world has such a glorious history as Bethlehem. Visit the Shepherd’s field and the Church of the Nativity. A Greek Orthodox Church has been built over the birthplace of Our Lord by the Emperor Justinian and is over 1,500 years old. It is the second oldest Orthodox Church in existence. It was not destroyed by the Persians, as they saw a mosaic of the Magi dressed in Persian wear over the front door. Venerate and touch the actual ground where Jesus was born. A few feet away are the Holy Manger. See the Cave of St. Jerome. On the way back to Jerusalem, visit the Monastery and Church of the Prophet Elias and the Church and Tomb of St. Symeon, the Just. In addition, visit the Monastery of the Holy Cross. After, drive to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Return to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 5: JERUSALEM
Enjoy breakfast and drive to the Jaffa Gate of Jerusalem. We leave the coach to walk through old Jerusalem to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. Continue with a visit to the Church of Saint Anna (birthplace of the Theotokos). Within its grounds are the Pools of Bethesda. These are the pools located near the sheep gate where the Lord cured the paralytic. Archaeologists have uncovered all of the pools and the five porticoes, as was reported by St. John in the Gospel.
Then, we will walk along the Way of the Cross Via Dolorosa – which starts from the Fortress of Antonia and ends at the Temple Mount. En route, visit the Ecco Homo, Prison of Christ (Praitorion). Venerate at the same cell the Lord was held prisoner before His crucifixion. It is located deep in a dungeon. There is a slab of stone with two holes through which His legs were passed and ankles shackled together. The cells of Barabas and the two thieves, who were crucified with Him, are here. In the church is a large wooden cross (275 years old) which is taken out of the church on Good Friday and is walked down the streets, as Christ himself did, ending at the Holy Sepulchre? We will continue with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of our Saviour’s death and resurrection. This is the most important church for Christians. We climb the stairs to reach Golgotha, the place of the crucifixion. Over the site, a main altar has been built and is under the care of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. You may reach through a case and touch the place that held the Holy Cross. To the right of the altar is a split in the rock floor where the Lord finally took His last breath. Take a moment to reflect in this Holy Place and to feel the spirit engulf you and appreciate all that Our Lord has given you and your loved ones. At the bottom of the stairs, as you leave the Chapel of the Golgotha, is the site where the body of Christ was placed after he was taken down from the cross (Apokathelosis). It is covered by a slab of stone where you can venerate. A tradition is to bless pictures of family and loved ones, as well as any religious items purchased, on the marble by making the sign of the cross. Then, we are led to the site of the Tomb, the place of the Lord’s resurrection. A small chapel has been built over the sacred place under the watch of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. In the first small room is the great stone that sealed the tomb. It was here that the Angel of the Lord sat proclaiming the resurrection of Christ from the dead. The next small room contained the slab of stone on which the dead body of the Lord was placed, entombed and resurrected. It is a truly incredible experience to be in this church! It is from this tiny room that the Holy Light of the Resurrection emanates. After lunch onwards to visit the Israeli museum to see the famous treasures which include the Qumran Scrolls and the most ancient Biblical texts. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 6: JERUSALEM
After breakfast, drive to the Mount of Olives to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Holy City. Jerusalem, a 4,000 year old city, is the centre of the three main monotheistic faiths and the place where our Lord sacrificed Himself for our salvation. Possible visit to St Stephen’s Church.
Drive to the Tomb of the Virgin Mary. It is from this site that the holy body of the Virgin Mary was taken into Heaven by her Son and God. Continue to Gethsemane. Visit the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Agony. Only the Apostles knew Jesus often went to the Garden of Agony to pray in solitude. Here, Judas led the authorities to Him. In the Garden, our Lord prayed to God, the Father, before He was betrayed, arrested and crucified. In the church, there is a stone slab for pilgrims to venerate. It is here our Lord prayed with great passion before He was to endure the selfless sacrifice to come. Drive to the Church of Our Father and the Chapel of Ascension, the site our Lord ascended from the earth to Heaven. According to our religion, it is here where the second coming will take place, and both the living and dead will be raised before Him for judgment. Drive to the Zion Gate to walk to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) on Mount Moriah, where it is said the Patriarch Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son. Here also stands the Dome of the Rock, with its marble and multi-coloured mosaics, quotations from the Koran and the Golden Cupola. Tradition has it that this rock marks the centre of the earth for the Jewish religion. In Moslem religion, tradition says this is the point where Mohammed ascended to heaven on his horse and is the third holiest place on earth for Islam. Continue on to Mt. Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper, King David’s Tomb and the Church of the Dormition. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 7: JERUSALEM / JERICHO / JERUSALEM (OPTIONAL)
This morning, drive northeast of Jerusalem to Jericho to climb the Mount of Sarantarion (The Mount of Temptation). Take a cable car up to the Mount (Sarantarion Oros). It was on this mountain where the Lord was tempted by the devil and fasted for forty days and forty nights. There is an altar built over the same slab of stone where Jesus prayed and fasted. The Monastery was built over this site, and there is only one elderly monk who takes care of it. He is truly inspirational. Lunch break and a chance to shop some Dead Sea products.
En route to the Dead Sea, optional stop in Qumran, the area where a Jewish sect thought to be the Essenes wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls which were discovered in a cave in 1947 after 2,000 years. Since the 1950’s nearly 900 scrolls have been discovered most written on parchment or papyrus. Cisterns, Jewish ritual baths, cemeteries and a building thought to be a scriptorium have also been found. Here you will stop for a float in the Dead Sea for anyone who wishes to do so. Continue to the Dead Sea and a stop to shop for Dead Sea products.
Continue to the Church of St. Elisseos and Zacchaeus’ Tree. This is the tree upon which Zacchaeus climbed in order to see the Lord walk by. From here, drive to the Judean Desert to the Monastery of St. Gerasimos. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the world, built by Abbot Gerasimos in 455 A.D. It was originally a cave. According to tradition, it was here that the Virgin Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus rested for one night during their long journey to Egypt.
Continue to Martha and Lazarus Tomb in Bethany where Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus after 4 days in the tomb. The Lord wanted to establish His power over death and waited until Lazarus was confirmed dead before raising him from the dead.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: JERUSAELM / TEL AVIV
Transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv for your flight back home.

Welcome to ITS Pilgrimages

May 18, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Welcome to ITS Pilgrimages

Welcome to ITS Pilgrimages
The pilgrimage travel specialists since 1991

Whether you’re organising a pilgrimage for your church group or your immediate family, ITS Travel specialise in organising custom made and escorted pilgrimages to a wide range of countries across the world. Our Christian and Catholic pilgrimages are designed around the requirements of your group in order to provide you with everything you need to enjoy the religious pilgrimage of a lifetime. With numerous awards and recognition over the years, you can rest assured that the team at ITS Travel will ensure your Christian pilgrimage runs smoothly and according to plan.

Our company motto is “The Company that Cares”, and from your initial enquiry up to returning safely from your pilgrimage, we’re here every step of the way to ensure your Christian pilgrimage is successful every step of the way.

Our Christian pilgrimage tours operate across the world
Whether you’re looking to reconnect with God, deepen your existing faith or expand your understanding of your faith and connection to God, religious pilgrimages offer you the opportunity to get closer to the Lord.

We offer escorted Christian pilgrimages all over the world, including (but not limited to):

• Israel
• Egypt
• Italy
• Greece
• Turkey
• France
• Spain
• Portugal

Why choose your Christian pilgrimage with ITS Travel?
As well as our considerable experience in organising religious pilgrimage tours, we are both ABTA and IATA accredited and we have an ATOL number to ensure all your payments are protected. We’re passionate about helping church groups and individuals to organise truly religious pilgrimages that’ll help you to develop and deepen your connection with your faith.

For more information about our Christian and Catholic pilgrimage tours to a variety of destinations, including the Holy Land, simply 0161 839 1111 or get in touch online.

The Best Time of Year to Visit the Shrine of Fátima, Portugal

May 16, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on The Best Time of Year to Visit the Shrine of Fátima, Portugal

The shrine of Fátima is 100 years old this year, and is one of the world’s most important sites of Marian worship, with pilgrims visiting from all round the world. Located at Cova da Iria, three young shepherds, Lúcia, and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco witnessed multiple apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary, they were told three secrets by the Virgin Mary. The Bishop of Leiria acknowledged the phenomenon in 1930, leading to the development of the village into a city by 1997.

There are a number of different celebrations you should keep in mind when planning your pilgrimage to Fátima.

12-13th May & 12-13th October
The height of the religious celebrations occur on the 12th-13th May and 12th-13th October, as the 13th are the anniversaries of the first and final apparitions. However, should you arrive on the 12th of either of these months, you will see there are thousands of pilgrims arriving in all manner of ways, from bicycles, ox and donkey carts to walking and even crawling.

On the morning of the 13th, the stature of Our Lady of Fátima is paraded in front of the Basilica and through the central square in front of over 500,000 devoted pilgrims. There is another procession by candlelight in the evening to witness.

13th June and July, and the 19th August
These dates are anniversaries of the other apparitions the young children witnessed, yet they bring in significantly fewer pilgrims and visitors than May and October. This makes them perfect dates if your group of pilgrims wish to avoid large crowds but still witness religious passion. If you’re in Fátima on the 10th of June, you’ll also be able to witness the small but interesting ‘Pilgrimage of the Little Children’ too.

Portuguese public holidays
Many shops will be closed during public holidays, including New Years’ Day, February’s Carnival, Good Friday and Easter Monday. There is also Freedom day on the 25th April, Labour Day on 1st May, Corpus Christi (occurring 60 days from Easter Sunday) and National Day on the 10th June.

Visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima at any other time of the year will be significantly quieter during the rest of the year and give you the chance to experience a stunning and important holy site.

For more information on organising a pilgrimage to Fátima this October, simply give the team at ITS Travel a call now on 0161 839 1111.

Mrs Christine Sherrard

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I worked in Administration for many years before I studied and qualified as a Youth Worker and also a Youth and Adult Counsellor. This was followed by my Degree in Social Sciences and a PGCE (+16) to enable me to teach the subjects. I later retrained to teach Literacy and Numeracy so that I could teach full time in a local prison.

I worked as an Area Representative for Christian Friends of Israel until three years ago.

Although I am now retired I am still active in my local church where I am part of the prayer ministry and intercession teams. I also teaching the Biblical (Hebraic) Roots of the Christian Faith at the York branch of the U3A.

Over the past few years I have taught about the Biblical Feasts and The Tabernacle and their relevance to the Christian Faith as well as endeavouring to encourage a love for God’s chosen people and their land.

I have attempted to compose a tour that incorporates socialising with the wonderful and very hospitable Israeli Jews; hence the Shabbat (Sabbath) meal with a Jewish family, the visit to Yad Hashmona, (Biblical Gardens) owned and run by Israeli Messianic Jews and a visit to Christ Church, Jerusalem, where hopefully we’ll be able to join them in one of their services.

THE ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY – A TOUR OF ISRAEL – 15th to 25th October 2018

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Day 1 – Monday 15th October Manchester – Tel Aviv

Take a low cost airline flight from Manchester Airport to Tel Aviv. Meeting and assistance and transfer to Netanya for overnight stay.

Day 2 – Tuesday 16th October Netanya – Tiberias

Full day sightseeing on transfer to Tiberias. Visiting Caesarea Maratima, Megiddo, and Safed. Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

Day 3 – Wednesday 17th October  Sea of Galilee

Full day sightseeing in and around the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kineret). Visit, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Kibbutz Nof Ginosar and the ‘Jesus Boat, Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and the traditional baptismal site of Yardenit. Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

Day 4  Thursday 18th October Tiberias – Jerusalem

Full day sightseeing on transfer to Jerusalem, visiting Mt Tabor the site of the Transfiguration, The Biblical Gardens of Yad Hashmona, celebrate Communion at the Garden Tomb overnight Jerusalem

Day 5  Friday 19th October  Jerusalem

Full day sightseeing, City of David, Temple Mount, Western Wall and the Tunnels, Hezekiah’s Tunnel end the day at the Haas Promenade. Visit an Israeli Family http://shabbatofalifetime.com/

Day 6  Saturday 20th October Jerusalem

Visit Christ Church (join in worship if possible), visit the Friends of Zion Museum, The Israel Museum and the Shrine of Book (Dead Sea Scrolls) and the Model of the Old City end the day at Yad Veshem the Museum of the Holocaust. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7  Sunday 21st October  Old Jerusalem – Bethlehem

Full day sightseeing starting at the Mt. of Olives, walk down the Palm Sunday route, visiting the Church of Dominus Flevit and the Church of the Agony at the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City, visit the Pool of Bethesda, St Anne’s Church, Ecco Homo, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre; in the afternoon visit Bethlehem and Manger Square and the Grotto. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8  Monday 22nd October  Dead Sea

Visit Genesis Land, Ein Gedi, Qumran and Masada – time permitting a float in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Dead Sea.

Day 9  Tuesday 23rd October  The Negev Desert

Drive to Timna to see the Tabernacle in the Desert, drive the Beersheba visit Abraham’s Well Dinner and overnight Beersheba

Day 10 Wednesday 24th October   Beersheba- Tel Aviv

Drive to Jaffa – see the House of Simon the Tanner, visit Independence Hall enjoy a city tour of Tel Aviv Dinner and overnight Tel Aviv

Day 11  Thursday 25th October Tel Aviv – Manchester

Morning at leisure afternoon transfer to Ben Gurion airport for flight home.

Educational* Tour to Israel – The Holy Land 29th November – 6th December 2017

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Day 1 Wednesday 29th November UK – ISRAEL
Depart UK for Israel, London Heathrow terminal 4 on LY316 departing at 14.20hrs – the Holy Land. Arrive in the evening at 21.10hrs, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours, will help you with the formalities at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through customs you will be introduced to your guide and driver, who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage. Transfer to your hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean staying at the King Solomon Hotel in Netanya.

Day 2 Thursday 30th November NAZARETH – TIBERIAS
Drive on to Caesarea; see the excavations of the Crusader City, the Herodian Port. Proceed to Mount Carmel, the site of the encounter between the Prophet Elijah and the Baal priests, proceed to Zippori the 2nd century BCE capital of the Galilee. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation. Just north of Nazareth is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Drive to Nazareth – the birthplace of Jesus and stay at the Rimonim Hotel for dinner and over night stay.

Day 3 Friday 1st December SEA OF GALILEE
Start the day with a visit to Yardenit on the shores of the Jordan River Continue to Kursi (The Land of the Geraseenes) where Jesus healed the two demon possessed men. Onwards to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry, – located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Taghba, Mensa Christi in the afternoon. We will visit the Mount of Beatitudes- the site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Drive to Nof Ginossar and see the ancient Jesus boat and end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Return to Nazareth to stay at the Rimonim Hotel for dinner and over night stay.

Day 4 Saturday 2nd December TIBERIAS – JERUSALEM
After checking out of the hotel, drive to Mt Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Proceed through the Jordan River rift valley, passing the city of Beit Shean, a Roman city of the Decapolis. Continue to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world and ascend by cable car the Mount of Temptation. Climb the Judean Hills towards Jerusalem. Visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus. Continue to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay at the Ramada Hotel.

Day 5 Sunday 3rd December CITY TOUR JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
Begin the day’s tour on the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Proceed to the Israel Museum and visit the Model of the ancient Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. In the Afternoon we drive to the Manager Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity. Dinner and overnight stay at the Ramada Hotel.

Day 6 Monday 4th December DEAD SEA & MASADA
Depart Jerusalem and descend the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth-the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to Masada and ascend by cable car. Tour this mountain top fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Drive to a nearby oasis and relax and enjoy an opportunity to “ float” in the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Dinner and overnight stay at the Ramada Hotel.

Day 7 Tuesday 5th December VIA DOLOROSA
We will start our day with visit of the excavations at the City of David, Proceed to the Davidson Centre- The Jerusalem Archaeological Park – that reveals the most amazing discoveries of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. At the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, in the area known as the Ophel, the visitor can climb up the original steps of the Hulda Gates that led to the Temple Mount. Continue our visit in the Christian Quarter; visit St Ann’s Crusader Church, Ecce Homo, Antonia Fortress and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On the last day at the Holy Land we will visit the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight stay at the Ramada Hotel.

Day 8 Wednesday 6th December Israel – UK
Early departure and transfer to Airport for your El Al flight to London Heathrow terminal 4 LY315 departing at 09.05hrs and landing at 12.35hrs at terminal 4.

END OF SERVICES

 

FURTHER DETAILS

*This tour is designed for potential pilgrimage group leaders ONLY, who are either members of the clergy or lay leaders in their church. We follow a multi denominational policy.

The costs are as follows: – on half board – breakfast and dinner, all sightseeing entrance fees and transfers on arrival and departure.

Basic cost per person (including return scheduled flight) £410.00
Airline surcharges £270.00
ATOL – CAA levy £2.50

 

Supplements to the above: –

Spouse/companion £185.00
Single room supplement £330.00

 

Extras – not included: –

Travel insurance, visa fees, lunches, gratuities for the guide and driver (we suggest £3.50 & £1.50 per person per sightseeing day), hotel staff, and items of a personal nature

Everything you need to know about Pentecost

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Pentecost is one of the most significant dates in the calendar for Christians across the world, and it known as Whitsun in the UK. This year, Pentecost falls on the 4th June and celebrates the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples after the death of Jesus Christ.

In the Bible, we read how after gathering to celebrate Shavuot (the Jewish harvest festival), the apostles started to talk in foreign tongues with onlookers simply assuming they were drunk. However, St Peter tells us that the truth was that the Holy Spirit inspired the disciples to preach the first Christian sermon – leading to the conversion and baptism of 3,000 people. It is this first Pentecost that signifies the Christian Church becoming a meaningful, distinct and official movement.

Why is it called Pentecost?
Pentecost comes from the Greek word ‘Pentekostos’, which means fifty. This is because the celebrations of Pentecost fall on the seventh Sunday after Easter, and 50 days since the last Sabbath of Passover. This means that Pentecost falls on a different date each year, but you can easily find the date online.

Why Pentecost is called Whitsun in the UK
Pentecost has always been celebrated in the UK, although many churches will commonly refer to it as Whitsun or Whit Sunday. This is due to Whitsun being a common day for baptisms, where many people wear white.

It is also thought that the Anglo-Saxon word ‘wit’, which means ‘to understand’, has influenced the name Whitsun, as the day is a celebration of the Holy Spirit filling the apostles with His wisdom.

How is Pentecost celebrated?
From 1871 to 1978, the UK enjoyed a bank holiday on Whit Monday, before being replaced with the Late Spring bank holiday at the end of May. Whitsun remains a popular day to get baptised and some churches host Whit Walks. Pentecost Monday is a public holiday throughout many countries in Europe, including Germany, France and Belgium.

To find out how ITS Pilgrimages can help you to organise a pilgrimage in England, Europe or further afield for next year’s Pentecost celebrations, call us on 0161 839 1111 or contact us online today.

Itinerary for Israel 16th – 23rd April 2018

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Day 1 Monday 16th April UK – ISRAEL
Depart UK for Israel – the Holy Land. Arrive in the evening, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours, will help you with the formalities at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through customs you will be introduced to your guide and driver, who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage. Transfer to your hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Day 2 Tuesday 17th April NAZARETH – TIBERIAS
Drive on to Caesarea; see the excavations of the Crusader City, the Herodian Port. Proceed to Mount Carmel, the site of the encounter between the Prophet Elijah and the Baal priests, proceed to Zippori the 2nd century BCE capital of the Galilee. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation. Just north of Nazareth is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. End the day at Yardenit – the traditional site of the Baptism, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee Drive to Tiberias for dinner and over night stay.

Day 3 Wednesday 18th April SEA OF GALILEE (National Memorial Day)
Start the day with a visit to newly excavated site of Magdala on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Continue to Kursi (The Land of the Geraseenes) where Jesus healed the two demon possessed men. Onwards to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry, – located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Taghba, Mensa Christi in the afternoon. We will visit the Mount of Beatitudes- the site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Drive to Nof Ginossar and see the ancient Jesus boat and end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4 Thursday 19th April TIBERIAS – JERUSALEM (Independence Day)
After checking out of the hotel, drive to Mt Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Proceed through the Jordan River rift valley, passing the city of Beit Shean, a Roman city of the Decapolis. Continue to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world and ascend by cable car the Mount of Temptation. Climb the Judean Hills towards Jerusalem. Visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus. Continue to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 Friday 20th April CITY TOUR JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
Begin the day’s tour on the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Proceed to the Israel Museum and visit the Model of the ancient Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. In the Afternoon we drive to the Manager Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity.

Day 6 Saturday 21st April DEAD SEA & MASSADA
Start the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb. Depart Jerusalem and descend the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth-the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to Massada and ascend by cable car. Tour this mountain top fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Drive to a nearby oasis and relax and enjoy an opportunity to “ float” in the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Day 7 Sunday 22nd April VIA DOLOROSA- Walking Tour OLD CITY
We will start our day with visit to St James Cathedral – the Eastern Orthodox Church near the Jaffa Gate, continue to the Kotel and the Temple Mount. Onwards to the Christian Quarter; visit St Ann’s Crusader Church, Ecce Homo, Antonia Fortress and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Farwell dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 Monday 23rd April Israel – UK
Morning at leisure – Early afternoon transfer to Airport

NB;

1. A visit to a synagogue is planned for subject to date/days of travel and availability.

2. An evening lecture with the title The Three Abrahamic faiths is to be arranged.

3. The group is subject to a minimum number of 15 persons.

Mrs Mavis Thompson, Israel,16th – 23rd April 2018

May 1, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Mrs Mavis Thompson, Israel,16th – 23rd April 2018

Dear unknown Friend or possible Pilgrim,

I am delighted you have selected my tour and you may be interested in coming to the Holy Land next April. This will be my seventh visit. I have been on two pilgrimages with ITS training as a leader. My son Daniel is assisting me. He has already done this twice and enjoys the experience as much as I do. Two years ago he renewed his Baptism vows in the River Jordan. I am an Anglican Reader.

Each time I go I learn something new about the country and its people and I enjoy adding to my Biblical knowledge. People go for many reasons; history, archaeology, bird spotting, flowers, choral singing, music, to bring the Bible alive, sunshine and warmth last but not least walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Recently I chatted to a Jew who had been in Israel taking part in a scrabble competition and another who goes every year to visit his Mum.

It is a beautiful country with dramatic landscapes from the lakes and hills to desert and of course the oldest inhabited city in the world Jericho. I like driving down the Jordan Valley and spotting fruits; oranges, bananas, lemons, dates, vines and pomegranates I have even picked and eaten figs.

I have every confidence in ITS and the hotels which they reserve for us. The pilgrimage is extremely good value for what you receive. A Professional Guide who will be with us for the duration of our pilgrimage will guide us.

The most important things are your up to date passport valid until six months from the date of return, with a copy of the main page, insurance and COMFORTABLE shoes. I like to take Shekels simply for the fun of using them. However some people prefer to take US dollars, which are equally acceptable.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me simply for a chat or for more information.

As you can see on your form it suggests you give a cheque for £400 made out to ITS. This is to verify you really are coming and will not be submitted until we have a viable group. If you are travelling alone and would be willing to share please state so as there will no doubt be others in this situation.

Shalom

Mavis Thompson.
01928 732745 and 07710 614225

Mavis Thompson MA Reader Emeritus. I have been to Israel many times and my son has assisted me twice he loves it as much as I do. It is great meeting the people and travelling in such a beautiful country with dramatic landscapes from lakes mountains and deserts and going to the oldest city in the world Jericho.

*The price shown does not include the cost of the easyJet low cost flight. Single supplement is £415.00

We can forward to you a dedicated brochure upon request.

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