An ecumenical Festival of Christian Spirituality and Prayer at Durham Cathedral on Saturday, 6th of September 2014, 10a.m-4p.m
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Welcome from Bishop Séamus:
The Spiritus Festival of Spirituality in Durham on 6 September offers a great
opportunity to gather with others from around the north-east to pray together and
to explore some of the many different forms of prayer and spirituality within the
Christian tradition. I should like to encourage as many people as possible to go along
and take part in one or more of the wide range of workshops led by people who are
enthusiastic about particular kinds of prayer. Or you might like to call into the
Cathedral where the Department for Spirituality and members of the Evangelisation
Team will help to set up prayer stations and activities designed to attract people who
may just be visiting for the day. I myself will be going along and will give the address
during the Closing Prayer. I look forward to sharing the day with you.
Welcome from the Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham:
'Spiritus' is a great opportunity to learn more about praying by doing it.
This is always the best way to learn: by doing. The wide range of prayer styles and ideas
on offer means there will be fresh thoughts for us all, alongside deepening what we
already know. I hope the Cathedral will be packed out! 'Lord teach us to pray.'
Welcome from The Northern Baptist Association:
John Claydon, Regional Minister (Team Leader)
Paul Revill, Regional Minister (Mission Enabler)
"We are delighted to support this exciting project, which will help us to launch a month
of prayer for all of our churches. We welcome the opportunity for Christians and
visitors to Durham to explore further the rich tapestry of prayer from different
Christian traditions, which will enable us to encounter God and come to both know
him and ourselves better"
Welcome from Rev Canon Leo Osborn, Chair of the Newcastle Upon Tyne District of The
“I’m looking forward very much to Spiritus. This is a wonderful opportunity for
Christians to pray together in new and creative ways and to grow in their common
discipleship in following Jesus. I warmly commend it.”
Welcome from Revd Lis Mullen, Interim Moderator of Northern Synod,
United Reformed Church:
Sometimes it’s difficult to pray. Sometimes we don’t know what to say – our words
feel inadequate and we become inhibited. Spiritus is a day that is planned for us at
Durham Cathedral on spirituality and prayer and it offers us a wide range of ways to
share our thoughts, joys and concerns in God’s holy presence. Words might not matter
after all. I hope you will join what promises to be a wonderful day.
Welcome from Revd Ruth M Gee, Chair of the Darlington District of the
Praying is all about being in the presence of God. Being with God, like being with
friends and family, does not always mean doing the same thing. Sometimes I might
talk a lot when I am praying, sometimes I am silent. Sometimes I play music or look
at a picture or an object. Sometimes I go for a walk. Sometimes I watch the news.
Sometimes I fall asleep and when I wake up God is patiently waiting for me.
The wonderful thing about prayer is that the more I set aside times to focus on God,
the more I am able to recognise God with me in every part of my life.
Spiritus is an opportunity to explore ways of being with God. Do go along, spend time
with God and perhaps you will find new things to do together.
Outline of the day:
9.30am Arrivals/ late registration
10.00am Gathering & Welcome Worship - Durham Cathedral
10.45am Workshop 1 - various venues
11.45am Workshop 2 - various venues
12.30pm Lunch break
Various events happening in the Cathedral
'BIG SING' in the Cathedral
Market stalls in Cathedral and Cloisters
1.45pm Workshop 3 - various venues
2.45m Closing Worship - Durham Cathedral