Mission and Mess at your Cathedral


Canon John Sinclair standing outside Newcastle Cathedral ready to welcome visitors
Canon John Sinclair ready to welcome visitors
Making salt dough holders for Advent Candles

The Angel Gabriel tells his story



Canon Jean Skinner reports

People of all ages were engaged with Newcastle Cathedral indoors and out over a busy November mission weekend.

Friday evening saw the re-launch of ‘Night Church’.  The Cathedral was open from 8.00pm until mid-night serving warm drinks and toast to anyone who came in.  Canon John Sinclair and Dean Chris Dalliston had some very interesting conversations out in Cathedral Square with the people who make up the night time life and economy of our city.  Yvonne Hall built a labyrinth (which was also used next morning at ‘Messy Cathedral’), and the evening ended with Compline in the Sanctuary.

‘Messy Cathedral’ was launched on Saturday with a great morning full of fun, food, friendship and laughter; Christ-centred messy activities suitable for all ages including babies and toddlers.

Since Christmas was looming, we made a large Advent Calendar (to use on the Four Sundays of Advent and to welcome Jesus at Christmas), made and decorated salt dough holders for Advent Candles, and made an Angel frieze. And as well as decorating biscuits and buns, we made musical instruments and had a very engaging interactive story from an angelic Canon John Sinclair telling the tale through the eyes of a harassed Gabriel.

On Sunday morning our All Age Worship celebrated the Feast of Christ the King, and some of our less youthful members ended the weekend with a rousing Beer and Hymns at the Bridge Hotel, a hundred yards from the Cathedral.

  • The next Messy Cathedral is on February 4th  2.00pm - 4.00pm






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