We want you to encounter God and to develop your understanding of faith and how a strong faith can support you in your day to day life. So we have a range of ways to help you with that encounter.

‘Supper with the Scriptures’

On most Monday evenings, from 7pm-8pm, this group meets on Zoom. It is informal and friendly, and we take a short passage of scripture to consider for that day. Everyone is welcome, and each week is standalone. Currently, we are working our way through the ‘Acts of the Apostles’ for a series called ‘Acting on Acts’. Sessions will re-start on Monday 19th April.

If you would like to join in, then please email Canon Neal on neal.barnes@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk or text to 07496 737320 and he will send you the Zoom link. Please contact Canon Neal if you wish to know more.

 

The Bible Course

The ‘Bible Course’ (from the Bible Society) is an 8-week course for those who are wanting an introduction to the Bible, to help them find their way around it, and to become more familiar with its ‘big themes’. It will take place Via Zoom, Thursday evenings, 7.00-8.15pm, commencing on 15th April.

Please contact Canon Neal if you wish to know more.

 

Confirmation

Confirmation is what it says on the tin - us as adults confirming the promises made for us at Baptism, which for some of us was as babies or children. Confirmation can be relevant at any time of our adult lives. It helps us to dig deeper into what it means to follow Jesus, looking at such issues as being a Christian seven days a week, why we worship, reading the Bible and prayer, and the work of the Holy Spirit. We aim to run courses a couple of times a year and, as we emerge from the pandemic, we are looking to run some later this year, and to arrange with the Bishops for a Confirmation service in the Cathedral.

Please contact Canon Neal if you wish to know more.

 

‘Encountering Faith’

Through the year, we will be running several series of sessions where we will aim to study the Bible at a deeper level, seeking to understand it in its context, and to apply it to our lives today. At present, these are all offered on Zoom. The current series, through Lent, is on the book of Lamentations:

"Lent with Lamentations"

This is being offered weekly 1.00-2.00pm from Thursday 25th February to Thursday 1st April inclusive and is studing the Old Testament book of Lamentations. The name and content of Lamentations do not sound greatly inviting! And yet, within its five chapters, the book contains some very uplifting verses. It is set against the backdrop of lament, judgement and suffering, and the threat of exile. To that extent, it seems very appropriate not just for Lent, but for this Lent in particular, when so many of us feel in a place of 'exile' and separation from our friends, loved ones and 'normal life'. The prayer that is articulated in the closing verses of the book asks God to 'restore us' and 'renew us' - which surely echoes the prayers of many of us at present? We look forward to welcoming you.

Handouts will be provided through our Cathedral website.

If you would like to join in, then please email Canon Neal on neal.barnes@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk or text to 07496 737320 and he will send you the Zoom link.

 

Christian Meditation

Christian meditation is the practice of the prayer of silence and stillness to get close to God. It is as old as Christianity itself, rooted in the prayer life of Jesus who, we are told in the gospels, regularly took himself off to places of quiet in order to pray.

Christian meditation aims to still the mind from its endless chatter in order to meet the God within, who is closer to us than we are to ourselves. It is about letting go of words, thoughts, and images in an act of simply letting go into God. It does not replace other forms of prayer, but complements them. At a certain point and after some practice, meditation gives way to contemplation, when we may be aware of a sense of strong union with God.

No previous experience is necessary to join our sessions as direction will be given. Unfortunately we are unable to offer the weekly Wednesday meditation session at present, however an online offer from the World Community for Christian Meditation is available at

www.meditatiocentrelondon.org

Weekdays at 1.00 - 1.30 p.m.

 

There is also a free World Community for Christian Meditation Lent course 'Introduction to Christian Meditation' which may be found at:

https://io-wccm.org/civicrm/event/info?id=361&reset=1

 

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is one particular way of doing Christian meditation which uses a prayer word as a way of anchoring yourself when your thoughts begin to stray. It is based on the teaching of the anonymous 14th century spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing. It is a very simple but effective way of beginning to use silence in prayer. We meet on Zoom on Wednesdays 6.00-6.45. The sessions include some conversation about the practice, as way of supporting each other, and a 20 minute time of silence. The sessions are led by Revd Mark Waters who is a trained presenter of Centering Prayer. Please contact Mark for details of the Zoom link at marko.waters@gmail.com or 07795 822193

 

"Living in Love and Faith"

The Church of England is engaged in a process of discernment around matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage, and every church is encouraged to participate in the small-group discussion material that accompany the recent report ‘Living in Love and Faith’. We are offering the five-week sessions on Thursday lunchtimes, 22nd April – 20th May incl., 1.00-2.15pm on Zoom.

Please contact Canon Neal if you wish to know more.