INSPIRING GROUP TRAVEL FOR CHRISTIANS

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​​$ 4648
    DOUBLE OCCUPAN
cy      ( priced from Atlanta ) 

Land only $ 3798

Single Supplement $779

Group sings hymns                                        of Frances Ridley Havergal                                   where they were written

Cheddar Gorge Rock of Ages

OCTOBER 8 -19, 2020

IF YOU LOVE THE GREAT HYMNS OF THE CHURCH,  THIS TOUR IS CUSTOM DESIGNED FOR YOU

John Newton House

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                                                              ITINERARY
DAY ONE-THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8                                                     TRANSATLANTIC
Overnight flight to Manchester UK.

DAY 2-FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9                                    MANCHESTER / HEBDEN BRIDGE
After arrival we drive to the small village of Hebden Bridge. Here John Fawcett, saddened by his intent to leave his local congregation, wrote “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.” 

DAY 3-SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10  HODNET HALL / ASTLEY CHURCH / STOURPORT
Today we visit Hodnet Hall where Reginald Heber wrote "Holy, Holy, Holy.” We continue to Stourport on Severn and the Astley Church where in the Manse Frances Ridley Havergal was born and where she wrote "Take My Life and Let It Be"  among hundreds of others.













DAY 4-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11                                                LLANDOVERY / CARDIFF  Driving from Stourport, we arrive at the farmhouse of William Williams, the writer of "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah."  We enjoy singing around the family piano and then visiting the churchyard where he is buried. Afterwards, we travel on through the beautiful Welsh countryside to Cardiff for dinner and overnight and to enjoy a rehearsal of a famous Welsh men’s choir.

DAY 5-MONDAY, OCTOBER 12                       BRISTOL / CHEDDAR GORGE / EXETER
After breakfast, we continue to Bristol and the New Room of John Wesley and the home of Charles Wesley, the great Methodist hymn writers of hymns like “Love Divine,“ “All Loves Excelling“ and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,“ among others. We continue toward the south coast of England and stop in Cheddar Gorge where we see the outcropping of rock that inspired Augustus Toplady to write “Rock of Ages.”

DAY 6-TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13                              DARTMOOR / BRIXHAM / EXETER  
This morning travel to Lew Trenchard Manor, home of Sabine Baring-Gould writer of “Onward Christian Soldiers.” He was the real life subject of Henry Higgins of "My Fair Lady." We have tea in the Manor dining room. Returning, we stop in the quaint village of Brixham and visit the church, home and harbor where  Henry Lyte wrote "Abide with Me."
 
DAY 7-WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14             CHILD OKEFORD / BRIGHTON / LONDON
Leaving Exeter we travel east along the southern shore of England. Along the way, we stop at St. Nicholas church in Child Okeford where William Kethe was vicar and authored “All People That on Earth do Dwell.” Arthur Sullivan (Gilbert and Sullivan) also had roots here. We continue to Brighton on England’s south coast to visit the burial site of Charlotte Elliott who wrote "Just As I Am." We continue to London.

DAY 8-THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15                                                     OXFORD / LONDON
We enjoy a day trip to the Kilns, home of C, S, Lewis, in Oxford and the churchyard where he is buried. We visit the University and also have a chance to have lunch on our own in the pub where C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien once lunched together.


DAY 9-FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16                                     OLNEY / CAMBRIDGE / LONDON
Today we travel north again to Olney to visit the William Cowper (“There is a Fountain”) and John Newton ("Amazing Grace,” Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken”) Museum with its beautiful gardens and 18th century summerhouse. We also visit the church where John Newton was vicar. We continue to Stoneyard Baptist Church, Cambridge where Robert Robinson  wrote “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” 
DAY 10-SATURDAY,

OCTOBER-SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17                                                              LONDON  
     OLNEY / CAMBRIDGE / LONDON
Today we travel north again to Olney to visit the Cowper/Newton Museum with its beautiful gardens and 18th century summerhouse. William Cowper wrote “There is a Fountain” and John Newton famously wrote "Amazing Grace” and “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken.”  We also visit the church where John Newton was vicar. We continue to Stoneyard Baptist Church, Cambridge, where Robert Robinson  wrote “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”   
 
DAY 11-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18                                                                          LONDON
This morning we see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace before visiting Westminster Abbey. We take a trip to Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth's favorites. Back in London, we enjoy time on our own.

DAY 12-MONDAY, OCTOBER 19                                                              LONDON / USA
Enjoy our return trans-Atlantic flight and arrive in the US.

                                                                                                               CST 1006380-10

 

John Newton Manse  "Amazing Grace"

 INCLUDES KINGS CADENCE CONCERTS ALONG THE WAY

I went on a hymn writer tour with ICJ that was beyond my hopes and expectations!  The guide was fantastic, the schedule was good and the extras, such as London theater and Welsh Men's choir were excellent.  This was probably the best tour I've been on.  I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the UK, history, or church music.

                            Nancy W., Santa Maria CA

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William Williams Farm "Guide Me,   O Thou Great Jehovah"

William Williams Farm

ICJ puts together a one-of-a-kind tour of British hymn writers and locations where they wrote and ministered in England and Wales. It was fascinating, well thought out, and we got way more for our money than ever expected. They have great contacts in Great Britain.                          

                                                       Brixham harbor                                               home of Henry Lyte   "Abide With Me"

Brixham Harbor low tide
Frances Ridley Havergal Church, Astley

British Heritage of Hymns Tour

Cheddar Gorge       "Rock of Ages"       Augustus Toplady