Amongst the opportunities at the Cathedral for learning more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ are the annual Lent course, and the annual Cathedral Retreat.
The Lent course involves a weekly study group over five or six sessions, led by experienced members of the Cathedral community. As the forty days of Lent are a period of preparation for Holy Week and Easter, the most significant part of the Christian year, this is an especially good time to meet together with other Christians. The subject of the course varies year by year. In recent times there have been specially written diocesan courses for the diocesan ‘Year of the Bible’ and ‘Year of Prayer’. The subject of the next Lent course, and information on how to participate, are made available early in the new year.
The Cathedral Retreat involves a weekend away at Christian conference centre, monastery or convent. Part of the time is spent in silence, and there will be several talks from an invited speaker. It is recognised that sometimes silence can feel difficult and challenging, but participants over the years say that the see the Retreat as a special opportunity to withdraw from the busyness of life, to reflect and consider, and be with God. There is much wisdom in a text from the Psalms: ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46.10).