The Walk to Jerusalem

person walking on sidewalk

Contact Information

Renae Schunk

Director of Health Ministries

237-2163 Ext. 152

Created by: Nancy Evans, RN, BA

St. John Providence Health Parish Nurse

Adapted by: St. Paul’s UMC and Wesley Foundation

The Walk to Jerusalem is an imaginary walk that encourages walkers to increase physical activity, spiritual growth and cultural awareness through a virtual tour to Jerusalem.

The good news that Jesus Christ proclaimed and demonstrated isn’t only a spiritual reality; it is also very physical. Jesus made that clear with his very tangible metaphors and parables about wheat and coins and seeds and wine. For our Lenten season this year we will be exploring “The Landscape of Lent,” taking a look at the physical elements of these crucial stories: ash, water, mud, stones, and more. The resurrection was marked with the movement of a very real rock, revealing a resurrected body! This physical truth points to a spiritual reality, and our Lent will take us to these scenes in Jerusalem, so that we might “touch” these elements and experience the stories anew.

Anyone can participate regardless of your age or physical fitness level. All types of exercise will count, even day-to-day walking around.

The distance from State College, PA, to Jerusalem, Israel, is 12,519 miles, and this time we are taking a tour of Europe along the way!

Beginning in January, you can help St. Paul’s reach Jerusalem by Easter. Log your mileage, steps, and/or time weekly by going online at

You may also drop a note in the offering plate on Sunday with your name, activity you completed (walking, running, biking, steps, physical activity-workout, or other), total mileage, total steps, and/or total time. Steps and time will be converted to miles by The Walk to Jerusalem Team.

Be sure to check out the bulletin display and map in the McAllister Lobby for our progress!

If you have any questions, contact Renae Schunk at 814-237-2163 ext. 152, Taylor Pawlik at, or Doug Schunk at