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.

Please scroll down for details of our activities this term. They include Alpha On-line, Bible studies. Christian Meditation, Centering Prayer and Mindfulness Courses. Some are 'in-person' and others on-line, using Zoom. You will be made very welcome.

 

Alpha On-line

Alpha On-line is a great way to explore the Christian faith either for the first time or as a refresher. The sessions are informal, friendly and unpressurised. No question is off-limits! Our next Alpha On-line will take place via Zoom, on Wednesday evenings this autumn, 7.00 - 8.15pm, starting on Wednesday 29th September. Alpha is an OK place to ask the big questions about life. Alongside others who are asking questions, we will watch videos about Jesus and the Christian faith, and then explore these in an informal and unpressurised setting. It is a great way of enquiring about the Christian faith, or have a 'refresher' if you've been a Christian a while.

Please contact Canon Neal if you wish to know more.

 

‘Supper with the Scriptures’

On most Monday evenings, from 7 pm - 8.15 pm, 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. We are working our way through the first half of the ‘Acts of the Apostles’ for a series called ‘Acting on Acts’. The current sessions are running until 26th July and are studying Acts Chapters 12 to 15.

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.

 

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 in 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 is studying the last book of the Bible, Revelation.

"Revelation revealed"

These will take place weekly 7.00 - 8.15 pm on Thursdays in July and August, October and November.  The book of Revelation sparks different reactions amongst Christians. Some are fascinated, others wary and still others bamboozled by its colourful and at times seemingly baffling language. Our studies in Revelation will take us on many occasions back into the Old Testament, to help us unlock the imagery that spoke so powerfully to its first readers, understand their context, and seek to discover what the text is saying to us today. Come with us on a roller-coaster ride through this unique and powerful book! Handouts will be provided. We look forward to welcoming you.

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 from 1.00 - 1.30 pm.

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 from 6.00 - 6.45 pm. The sessions include some conversation about the practice, a 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

 

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Introductory course:

Saturday mornings October 9th – November 27th

Through Mindfulness we learn to pay attention to our experience of the present moment and cultivate our awareness of the mind and body in the here and now.  This enables us to respond more skilfully to the pressures and stresses of life, work and relationships.

The course consists of eight weekly sessions of 2½ hours duration and one quiet afternoon of guided and structured mindfulness meditation practice (this will follow on from the morning session). The first part of the programme puts emphasis on developing the skills of being present with internal experiences such as body sensations, thoughts, emotions and feelings. The second half of the programme focusses on expanding awareness and applying the learning to daily life, life challenges and interactions with others.

Who is it for?

Anyone who finds life events overwhelming at times or who has suffered from stress related conditions (but is not in crisis at the moment).  No prior experience of Mindfulness is needed.

You will gain

  • Insight into your own patterns of reaction to or dealing with difficulty,
  • The ability to respond more skilfully in a pressured situation,
  • A repertoire of short and long practices which will enable you to continue your personal Mindfulness practice after the course ends.

Application process

To apply to join the course, please use this link:

https://liverpoolcathedral.formstack.com/form/mindfulness_based_stress_reduction_course_application_form   

Complete the form fully and submit (please note the ‘occupation’ box doesn’t work so leave blank) or alternatively email to Ruth at ruthstock@ymail.com   for a downloadable form.  Once your application has been received you will have a short conversation with Ruth about how suitable this course is for you at the present time.  If we both discern that is the case then you will receive details of how to pay.   Your place is confirmed once payment has been received, the fee is non-refundable after the start of the course.

Cost

There will be a charge for this course of £85 to cover the cost of course materials, equipment and teacher supervision among other things. (The usual price of 8 week mindfulness course is between £200-300). We do not make any profit from running our courses. However we do not want anybody to feel unable to participate because of the cost. A reduced rate of £60 is available for anyone on low income who may not be able to meet the full cost of the course.