Holy Hiking is Back in 2023!
Join Deacon Matt Harley for a walk in nature.
Meet Deacon Matt Harley and our holy hikers to reflect on God’s Word, experience the beauty of God’s creation, and share the journey with some of our members. Deacon Matt loves the outdoors and is eager to share the journey with you.
For more information, or to be on the Holy Hiking monthly eblast/invite, send him an email: mharley@StAmbrose.us.
Holy Hiking Sign Up
Walking Our Path to Holiness
Spend time reflecting on the beauty of God’s creation as well as the splendor of God’s Word.
Scroll down to see others in our community sharing about their Holy Hiking Challenge!
Hiking Anytime Challenges!
- Go either yourself or with your family
- Take a selfie of you and your family at the park
- Share on the form below where you went and how long you hiked
- Lastly, share where you saw God in nature
What a gift it will be to see everyone enjoying God’s creation! God bless you and happy hiking!
NOTE: Be sure to double check the status of the parks before you venture out :)
Parks: Allardale, Buckeye Woods, Brunswick Lake, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage, Green Leaf, Hubbard Valley, Lake Medina, Letha House, Plum Creek, River Styx, and Holmesbrook.
Nature Preserves: Black River, Chippewa Lake, Killbuck Lakes, Medina Marsh, Princess Ledges, Schleman, Sharon.
Multipurpose Trails: Lester Rail, Chippewa Inlet, Chippewa Rail, Montville.
For more information: Visit medinacountyparks.com.
Local Hiking Locations
Click any location below to open the challenge info!
Where did you see God in nature?
In the serenity of nature. In the people quietly fishing on the shore or in boats. In the beautiful, warm sunshine embracing me on the trail. In short, God was everywhere I went. – Joe, Brunswick Lake, 3.11 mi.
I noticed so many wildflowers and learned to identify some of them. I saw skunk cabbage, spring beauty, may apple, trilium, marsh marigold, and trout lily. So much diversity which makes up God’s creation. I have become better at spotting birds. I saw a whole flock of red-winged blackbirds, two bluebirds, a kingfisher, and even an osprey. Each hike leaves me refreshed and gives me time to pray and thank God for all his wonderful gifts in nature. Today is the 50th Earth Day. Let us all become more dedicated to taking care of this wonderful planet God has given us. – Marty…Hubbard Valley Park, Buckeye Woods, Columbia Reservation, Bonnie Park and Valley Parkway, Mill Stream Park
Two things gave me peace: At Hopkins park a bird soaring directly above me in small circles, and later at Brunswick lake the wind moving across the water creating ripples. – Del Ruiz, Hopkins and Brunswick Lake
In the trees beginning to bloom. To me it speaks not only of renewal but of the unchanging character of God. He is always there, giving life, no matter how it looks to our eyes. Played worship music in my earbuds and prayed and sang as I walked and enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air. – Carol, River Styx Park
We saw God in the sunshine, we felt his warmth and comfort shining down on us. We heard him in the kids playing, ducks swimming, and dogs walking. We saw Him in the friendly faces walking past, it was a beautiful hike. – Ashley
Everywhere! In the warmth of the shining sun, the reflection of the lake and all the beautiful trees surrounding us. Also I saw God in all the people we passed, everyone was friendly and said hello with a smile, very grateful for today! – Michelle
We saw God in the flowers and trees and animals. We made a cross out of some of the things we found on our walk! What nice weather the lord has provided. – Noah & Christina
We walk our trails every day and look for signs of Spring. In our recent walks, we saw God in nature in the blooming flowers and trees. – Catherine, on the trails in our neighborhood
I saw God in the colors of the blossoming flowers, along with the kindness shown within those walking by saying hello. Everything from the sights to the sounds and smells, all created by God. I felt so blessed that he could share that beauty with us during these trying times in the world. The best part was being able to do it with my mom, who I have not seen in a few short weeks- we tried our best to stay 6 feet apart! What a blessing! – Jessica, Hinckley Lake Loop Trail
Today we reflected on Jesus’ holy hike with his disciples on the road to Emmaus from today’s gospel. We remembered that Christ is with us today on our hike and in our life. We hiked with our daughter Sarah – with the appropriate social distancing!!! – Mike, Marian & Sarah, Hinckley Lake
We saw God seeing animals He created…today’s adventure brought birds, ducks, geese, squirrels and turtles. Seeing green plants sprouting up was definitely a sign of hope. Teaching the kids how to balance along logs. Finding peace along the walk. – Darren, Brunswick Lake