This week’s News from Liverpool Cathedral – a Place of Encounter
Catch up on the latest from Liverpool Cathedral for Sunday, 7 March, 2021.
Welcome from Dean Sue
A very warm welcome to this week’s e-news. Life continues to return to the Cathedral and we are developing our plans for a steady build back of public worship in readiness for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. As the children are set to return to their schools this week, we pray that it will not be too long before they will be able to return to their wonderful ministry among us in the Cathedral Choir. We have, however, been rocked this last week by the very sad news of the death of Mark Loudon, husband to Canon Ellen, and are holding her and her family and friends very much in our prayers.
may I find a way through the darkness
to the light of your love.
You are the Resurrection and the Life.
All our hope is in you. Amen.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Update – 2020 Summary
Thank you to those who have supported the work of the Cathedral’s Prayer Shawl Ministry since its launch in January 2020; we thought that you might be interested in a summary of our 2020 activities.
As our stitchers work in their own time, at their own pace and in their own space, we were able to continue to produce items within the constraints of ‘Covid-19’. There were, of course different, logistic and personal challenges to work around as our small team of stitchers is scattered over a wide area and many are shielding. We created and gifted 40 items to specifically ‘named’ recipients - wraps, shawls, scarves and ‘throws’ according to individual suitability - to comfort, support, encourage or celebrate as appropriate to their pastoral situation. Many ‘named’ recipients are associated with the Cathedral; however, as the year progressed and local needs became more apparent, the Ministry ‘mushroomed’ to include the ‘Cathedral Pastoral Hearts’ initiative, Dementia ‘Twiddle Quilts’ and an array of ‘non-specifically worked’ items (blankets, hats, woolly gifts and sewn toys) which were shared amongst people facing particular challenges in our wider community, including those in Care Homes, YMCA, Hospital, etc.
We are extremely grateful to those who have donated yarn and money towards yarn costs or who have sponsored a Prayer Shawl. Wrapping others in items made with prayers and loving thoughts continues to be the stitchers’ gift but by your support – prayerful and financial – it can be your gift too. If applicable, you may Gift Aid your donation. If you would like to know more about being involved (stitching with fabric or yarn) or would like to donate to the Ministry, please contact Stella Barnes via the General enquiries contact line – 0151 702 7219 – or by emailing PrayerShawls@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk.
Covid-19 & Church-21
Could I please ask you to help the Canon Theologian by completing the survey. Last week he went to look at Liverpool Cathedral responses and only a couple of people had completed the survey which is not enough to analyze!
During the first lock down he developed, with a colleague, a survey to assess the impact of the lockdown on the church and its people. The first survey got over 10,000 responses and has been helpful to the wider Church. The research project is being re-run and clergy and lay people are being asked for their opinion.
The questionnaire will take about 20 minutes of your time, which will enable you to give a thorough picture of your experiences and opinions. This is an online survey. Most of the questions simply require you to click boxes, though there are options to specify your particular circumstances, and an opportunity at the end for you to tell us your views in your own words.
My hope is that this time there will be enough responses from people attending cathedrals for Leslie to be able to provide a helpful profile of cathedral ministry during the lockdown.
The survey can be completed on mobile phones (point your camera at the QR code), or it can be accessed using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y4fqgrzq.
Cathedral Company Zoom Call
In addition to the pre-recorded service on Sunday mornings at 10:30am, all are welcome to join us for a brew over Zoom for fellowship and conversation after the service. If you would like the Zoom details, please email Canon Neal at email@example.com.
Worship with us this week
Join us on-line for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong, broadcast live via our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/LiverpoolCathedral.
Please click on the following link and select which service you wish to follow from the menu under ‘Services’: Liverpool Cathedral.
You can find our pre-recorded Sunday service, along with reflections on the Gospel reading by our Canon Theologian at Prayer for Liverpool: www.prayerforliverpool.org/.
Encountering Faith – “Lent with Lamentations”
Our Lenten study series continues on Zoom on Thursdays during Lent, 1-2pm. Read more here: Liverpool Cathedralhome/GettingInvolved/Exploring-Faith.
The annual Lent Lectures will now run until Monday 22nd March inclusive, all on-line via FaceBook from 7.00pm-8.15pm. Our Lecture on Monday 8th March is given in partnership with Liverpool Parish Church. For more details, please visit: /events-calendar/lent_lecture_8_03_2021.
Micah Liverpool Shopping List
Micah’s stores are hitting a bit of a dry spell during this season of need so any donations would be most welcome! The scarcest items at the moment are pasta and rice, dry cereal, UHT milk, and toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap). Many thanks!
Prayer requests via our Prayer Wall
You can post prayer requests to us at: https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/requests.html.
Whilst you can’t visit us in person - why not browse our online shop where we are open 24/7 at www.cathedralshop.com.
Our selection of 1000 piece jigsaws are still proving very popular and the Liverpool Dockside image is now back in stock.
If you have a specific request that we can help you with, please feel free to email us - firstname.lastname@example.org.
All profits from the shop directly support the ever increasing work of Liverpool Cathedral.