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Excitement is building here at Newcastle Cathedral, as we prepare to host the “Thy Kingdom Come” Beacon Event on Saturday 3rd June. (If you don’t already know all about it, you can find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/204923193327029/)
One of the most important parts of our preparation will be to encircle the event with prayer! In the three days leading up to and including the event – from 8am on Thursday 1st June to midnight on Saturday 3rd – we would like to have a 24 hour praying presence in the Cathedral. We are calling it a “Prayer Porch”!
The plan is to keep the North Porch of the Cathedral open constantly: to have 3 to 5 people, visibly praying there at all times, for the Holy Spirit to bring the people of our City and Region to come to know Christ. People passing by will be welcome to come and ask for prayer, or join us in prayer if they want to. There will be music, ideas and pointers for prayer available if you aren’t used to praying aloud – or you can just pray silently with us. If you’re feeling creative, we could even create some prayer stations out in Cathedral Square!
Might you be able to sign up for an hour or more to make this possible?
We have registered with a sign-up system through the national 24/7 Prayer Project. http://tinyurl.com/PrayerPorch You will have access to the loos and facilities of the Cathedral throughout, and if you are coming by car, we can give you a permit to enable you to use the Cathedral car park.
Are you feeling a little stressed and in need of some peace, tranquility and reflective time?
Why not pop in to Newcastle Cathedral on Thursday 22 June from 11am onwards to experience ‘Calm in a Busy World‘.
The Cathedral will be open for anyone who wishes to come and explore, rest, ponder, pray, or reflect in this beautiful and sacred space.
We are co-hosting this event with a team of Ordinands from Cranmer Hall: Pete, Kat, Josh, Al, Caroline, Paul, and Joe.
ALL WELCOME. FREE ADMISSION.
How to find us:
Newcastle Cathedral is within easy reach of many public transport links:
Newcastle Central Train Station is just five minutes’ walk from Newcastle Cathedral. When leaving Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. You will pass by the monument to George Stephenson, father of Robert Stephenson, as well as The Literary and Philosophical Society and the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. Then follow Collingwood Street to bring you out at Newcastle Cathedral.
The nearest major public car park can be found on Dean Street. Walk out of the car park, cross straight over Dean Street and almost directly in front of you is a small stairway that brings you up into Amen Corner, at the back of the Cathedral. Follow the path left or right to approach the front entrance to the Cathedral. There are numerous other parking facilities, including multi-storey facilities and 48 surface car parks operated by Newcastle City Council. The Quayside’s multi-storey car park is approximately 12 minutes’ walk away and can hold up to 500 vehicles.
The Nexus operated Tyne and Wear Metro service operates into Newcastle city centre – with several stations in close proximity to Newcastle Cathedral. The nearest stations are Monument Station (at the top of the Grade I-listed Grey Street) and Central Station, both less than ten minutes’ walk away. If travelling from the Airport via Regent Centre, you will have to alight at Haymarket and change platforms.
The Q1 QuayLink bus service runs to the bottom of the Side, the medieval Quayside street which leads up to the Cathedral. Public buses run outside of the Cathedral into Gateshead and towards Durham and Chester-le-Street once every 15 minutes (weekdays and Saturdays).
From the city centre: Head down Grey Street, passing by the Theatre Royal. Turn right along Mosley Street, which will bring you out to the north facade of Newcastle Cathedral.
From Central Station: As you leave Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. Following Collingwood Street will bring you to Newcastle Cathedral.
From the Quayside: Alight the Side – the main medieval route into Newcastle. Alternatively, you can take Dog Leap Stairs. They’re steep but rise straight up to the Cathedral. The Castle Stairs are another route. These can be found on the Quayside, across the road from the Swing Bridge. Again, this is steep but will bring you to the Castle Keep. Keep forward along St Nicholas Street to approach the Cathedral on your right.
The Revd Prof David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College, Durham, will speak about his recently published book: ‘When I pray, what does God do?’
The Very Revd Michael Sadgrove, former Dean of Durham, will lead a session on the practice of prayer.
Bishop Christine says: “I am delighted to endorse this event. One of the aims of our Diocesan Strategy is to ‘create opportunities for deeper engagement with God in prayer’, and this day on prayer seeks to do precisely that.”