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.

Alpha Online

Alpha Online is an ideal way to ‘dip a toe into the water’ if you wish to know more about the person of Jesus and the Christian faith. Perhaps you would regard yourself as an enquirer – someone who wants to understand more about your life, whether there is a God, why there is suffering in the world, and find out more about Jesus? This is a great way to do it, in a safe environment and without pressure, along with others who are also enquiring. It will run weekly on ‘Zoom’ starting on Thursday 14th January 2021, 7-8.30pm, and include videos and discussions. There is no pressure to speak, though, and no question is off limits or too daft! Booking is via EventBrite. More details will follow soon, including how to register on EvenBrite.

Please contact Canon Neal if you wish to know more.

 

‘Supper with the Scriptures’

On 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 initial Chapters of the ‘Acts of the Apostles’ for a series called ‘Acting on Acts’.

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.

 

‘Moving On’

Moving On is a seven-week course which does what it says on the tin – 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. Courses are run a couple of times a year, the next one being scheduled to run on ‘Zoom’ in late 2020. ‘Moving On’ is good way to prepare for Confirmation.

Please contact Canon Neal if you wish to know more.

 

‘Encountering Faith’

Through the year, we will be running several series of talks 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.

The next ‘Encountering Faith’ will be offered weekly from Thursday October 8th to early December 2020 and will study the letter of Paul to the Philippians. Even though it was written nearly 2000 years ago, Paul's letter provides us with so much that speaks to us in our current context -- truly a manual for living as a follower of Jesus in the good and in the tough times. This term, Encountering Faith will run 'live' on ‘Zoom' each Thursday in two identical sessions: at 1-2pm and then repeated at 7-8pm the same evening. 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.

 

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

 

Too Deep for Words: 
An Advent Course on the Transforming Power of Lectio Divina

Online on the Thursdays before Christmas
beginning 26 November 2020
7.30 – 9.00pm
Led by Revd Mark Waters

Lectio Divina is a life-giving way of praying the scriptures which leads us to a meeting place with God in our deepest centre. Cynthia Bourgeault says that it is ‘a Wisdom tool intended to develop the imagination’. So its transforming power is less a devotional practice and more a way of knowing which moves us to deeper levels of understanding and seeing.
The practice is simple and effortless but profound in its effects. Essentially it is about an encounter - a ‘heart to heart’ between your own being and the biblical text. Maria Tasto describes it as ‘listening with the ear of our heart to the ground of our being’ so that we ‘hear the Word of God resonating within us and drawing forth who we are called to be.’

The course aims to provide a powerful way of preparing for Christmas through the season of Advent. It will explore the theory behind Lectio Divina as well as allowing for times of practice and discussion. It will also look at how the practice might become an effective and regular part of a prayer life.

There is no charge for the course but please book a place on the following Eventbrite link so that a Zoom link and course papers can be sent to you prior to each session. Please note that you only have to book once for all four sessions:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/125913058347

For any further information about the course contact Mark on 07795 822193.