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Surrey Churches Ride & Stride

Most counties in England have an annual `Ride &  Stride’, on the second Saturday in September, to raise  money for church restoration and repair. The idea is that cyclists (and walkers) are given a list of churches in their area. They map out their own route to visit churches by bike or on foot, and then get friends to sponsor them for a fixed amount per church visited.

The money that is collected is divided into two. Half the monies go to the church of the cyclist’s choice (eg your own church); the other half is retained by the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for distribution to churches in need (that apply for a grant). In the thirteen years that the Bike Ride has been running in Surrey over £250,000 has been raised, and SMC has benefitted.

Organisation
The umbrella organisation is the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust, with trustees from most Christian denominations. The Trustees give out grants twice a year to deserving applicants from the monies collected during the Bike Ride.

The Bike Ride Committee is chaired by the County Organiser and consists of the dozen or so Area Organisers. The Area Organisers are responsible for supporting the Church Organisers and providing them with all the necessary paperwork.

The Bike Ride is a fun way to spend time on a pleasant afternoon in September while at the same time supporting a worthy cause. Why not make up a group and join in this year?

If you would prefer not to take bike or hike then you might consider sponsoring someone who is.

Stoneleigh Methodist throws its doors open for the walkers and riders every year, so you could also offer your services at the Church for an hour or so greeting the participants and providing sustenance.

More info from the Surrey Churches website.

 

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