Canterbury Diocese’s biennial festival of faith, The Gathering, took place in the Cathedral on Saturday 16 May.
Building on the success of three previous events, this year’s festival included a special mix of stimulating talks, creative activities, entertainment, affirming worship and Bible study. Around 400 people, including 50 children, attended the event.
New for The Gathering 2015 was a production by the acclaimed Wintershall Players, an acting group of circa eighty people, who performed their energetic, visual and moving play ‘Life of Christ’ in the Nave of the Cathedral.
A Bible study by Old Testament scholar, Dr. Meg Warner, was offered at the start of the day and set the scene for a range of talks by high profile theologians. Dr Warner spoke on Genesis 18, and explored what the Bible has to tell us about our treatment of ‘the stranger’ today.
Other speakers included the author and broadcaster Reverend Lucy Winkett who spoke on the future shape of Christian discipleship, Barbara Glasson, founder of Somewhere Else – the ‘bread church’ in Liverpool, who considered what it is to be a Christian amongst diversity today and Guy Hayward and Will Parsons, otherwise known as the Singing Pilgrims, who gave an entertaining crash-course on the benefits of pilgrimage in Britain.
The day ended with Messy Cathedral – an interactive all age worship, run by Martyn Payne (of the national Messy Church team), which included music, craft activities, prayer and ended with tea and cakes for all.