Lego Building Launches Countdown to The Gathering

Photo-Call – Thursday 28th February
On Thursday 28th February at 1.30pm, children from St. John’s Church of England school, Canterbury will be unpacking – and of course playing with – a huge box of Lego. Their box is the first delivery of many to come, for an event taking place at The Gathering, a two-day festival of faith organised by the Diocese of Canterbury and taking place in the Cathedral and its Precincts on Friday May 31st and Saturday June 1st 2013.As part of the event, hands large and small will be needed to put together a giant image of the Cathedral made out of Lego. It’s been especially designed for The Gathering by the UK’s only Lego Master and it contains some 51, 400 bricks.

With high-profile speakers and leading theologians, wonderful worship and Bible study, as well as a host of creative and children’s activities, The Gathering aims to bring together clergy, laity, and people from across the Diocese for an experience that all can enjoy.

Just some of the names to look forward to are the writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers’ footballer who suffered a massive heart attack during a football match last year, and the Rt Hon David Lammy, MP for Tottenham and author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots.

Revd Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, the Director of the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Network, who convenes the team organising the event, says that the programme for 2013 is very exciting:

“This will be our third Gathering, and our theme this year is all about Re-Imagining: our Church, our ministry, our community, our spirituality, and ourselves. The organising group have approached speakers who can explore this theme in its broadest terms. It’s meant we have some superb people coming to The Gathering, who I know will be an inspiration to everyone.”

“We hope as many people as possible will visit our website and be excited by what they see. As the name suggests, The Gathering is about bringing everyone together, for fantastic talks, fellowship, and fun of course!”

Each day has its own particular focus and flavour, and more details can be found at   Tickets   can   be   booked   via   the   Canterbury   Ticket   Shop (


Further information from: Jennifer Ross, Communities and Partnership Network, Diocese of Canterbury: 01227 459401

Notes for editors

Photo-call: St. John’s Church of England School, Northgate, Canterbury at 1.30pm on Thursday 28th February. If you wish to send a photographer, please email Jennifer Ross at or call 01227 459 401

  • The Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnership Network aims to empower parishes and deaneries to serve their communities by working in partnerships with others. The Network has particular responsibility for rural and heritage issues, special interest groups, forging links with local authorities, other faith groups and with charities.