Walk on the moon in support of the Canterbury Diocese Advent Justice Appeal.
Canterbury Cathedral will host the virtual reality installation for the first week of Advent (Monday 2 December to Friday 6 December) to share the experience of displacement. The immersive experience asks people to step out of their comfort zone and on to the Moon.
Thanks to the support of Christian Aid, visitors will be able to wear a headset, put on hand-held controllers and leave the comfort of Canterbury to try life on the Moon.
Canterbury Diocese Director of Communities and Partnership Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold said: “This is a truly unique experience for guests to get a sense of being far away from home and out of this world with two feet on the ground!
“Our annual Advent appeal supports the work of our refugee officers who help and guide those who have no home, have nowhere to return.
“Using VR we hope people gain an insight into that displacement to help to connect with refugees on a level that may surprise. At Christmas thoughts turn to our own families and friends and this year we hope those thoughts will travel beyond our own comfort zones and to reach out and help those in need of our love and support.”
The installation will be located in St Augustine’s Chapel between 9.30 and 16.30. Standard precinct charges apply.
It will then travel to:
• St Mary’s Church in Ashford on Sunday 15 December
• St Paul’s Church in Canterbury on Tuesday 17 December
• St Martin’s Church in Maidstone on Thursday 19 December
It is possible to give online at www.justgiving.com/campaign/Advent-Justice-Appeal or by cheque, made payable to Canterbury DBF, with “2019 Justice Appeal” on the back and sent to Advent Justice Appeal, Diocesan House, Lady Wootton’s Green, Canterbury, CT1 1NQ.
Alternatively, text ‘ADVENTMOON 5’ to 70085 to donate £5. This costs £5 plus a standard rate message – you can opt to give any whole amount from £1 to £20.
If you are able, please Gift Aid your donations, allowing us to claim an extra 25p for every pound donated. If you’re giving online, please visit www.canterburydiocese.org/donations to Gift Aid your donation.