MICHIGAN PRESBYTERIAN PILGRIMAGE
Pilgrimage was introduced to Michigan by George and Gayle Davidson in 2004. They invited a small group of friends to accompany them as guests for a North Carolina Presbyterian Pilgrimage (NCPP) weekend.. The Michigan guests of NCPP #56 returned with a great desire to join George and Gayle in establishing Michigan Presbyterian Pilgrimage (MPP). They were joined by a number of people in the Grand Rapids area from other communities including DeColores, Virginia Presbyterian Pilgrimage and Walk to Emmaus to from a core team and organized the first weekend held in the spring of 2005 at Camp Henry in Newaygo. A mission that was facilitated through the generous gifts of time, experience and money from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas Presbyterian Pilgrimage friends with close to 40 people traveling to Michigan to serve on the first weekend.
After eight weekends at Camp Henry, the MPP Leadership Council determined it was time to provide the experience at a site closer to guests from the eastern side of the state. With growth comes change – Michigan Presbyterian Pilgrimage, though one community consists of two smaller communities commonly known as MPP Lake Michigan and MPP Detroit. The MPP Lake Michigan weekends are held at the Amigo Centre, near Sturgis, in the Spring and Lincoln Lake Conference Center, near Gowen, in the fall with Celebrations in various locations on the west side of the state and the MPP Detroit weekends are hosted at Howell Nature and Conference Center and their Celebrations are on the east side of the state.
More than 30 weekends have been provided by Michigan Presbyterian Pilgrimage with more than 440 guests in attendance – God certainly had a plan for Pilgrimage in Michigan. His plan was for this ministry to be ecumenical as the 440+ guests represent 16 denominations and 145 churches!
Just as the North Carolina Pilgrimage community came to Michigan to serve in establishing MPP, several from the Michigan community traveled to Omaha, NE to establish Great Plains Pilgrimage. Michigan Presbyterian Pilgrimage is a member of the National Council of Presbyterian Fourth Day Movements.