Messy Cathedrals

Published 5th February 2014 by lucy moore

Exciting to see that Wakefield Cathedral is starting up a Messy Cathedral on quite a regular basis. The next two dates are Thursday 20 February and Monday 14 April 10-12. It’ll be interesting to see how they manage the all-age value of Messy Church holding it at that time and we wish them every blessing with this new venture. We’ve also had news of a joint Messy Cathedral with the Methodist church in Peel on the Isle of Man (hoorah! You are  setting a high standard of ecumenical cooperation!) and a longstanding BSL Messy Cathedral at Liverpool. Portsmouth Cathedral enjoyed a Messy Family Fun Club last Easter with the BRF team and of course we salute the fun that goes into one-off huge Messy events at cathedrals such as Guildford, Lichfield, Ely, Bristol, St Paul’s, Truro, Norwich and St Albans.
But as I do a quick Google, I’m delighted to see other cathedrals getting Messy: Brechin Cathedral in Angus have a regular Messy Church as does Dunkeld Cathedral in Perthshire and St Macartin’s Cathedral in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. In Australia we’re thrilled to see St Saviour’s Cathedral in Goulburn NSW and St David’s Cathedral in Hobart Tasmania holding Messy Church there; not to mention Christchurch Cathedral in the Diocese of Yukon, Canada. I think the BRF team will soon need to do a Cathedral World Tour to visit them all. Will we need to design Messy Copes and Chasubles next? Actually, all-enveloping protective liturgical garments are not such a bad idea. Especially if made in hose-down PVC. And liturgical colours are very attractive: purple, red, gold, green… I’m going to stop now.

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