On Saturday 20 September, over 300 people attended Canterbury Diocese’s Spirituality Festival, held in Canterbury Cathedral. Entitled ‘Taste and See’, the festival provided an opportunity for participants from all walks of life to explore their spirituality and deepen their faith.
Speaking at the start of the day, Archbishop Justin explained how important prayer and spiritual growth is to Christians. He joked that if the Church merely reached out in service to its community, it would be no more than ‘an NGO (non-governmental organisation) with some expensive old buildings’. He went on to stress that prayer and worship must under-pin all church outreach and activities: ‘In prayer we grow closer to God and in prayer we are renewed.”
The day included hands-on workshops on themes such as understanding different spirituality styles, experiencing Ignatian prayer, exploring pilgrimage, understanding Benedictine prayer, using prayer labyrinths and learning to pray without words.
The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, who led the reflections at the end of the day, commented: “It has been delightful to see so many people gathering and learning together today. But the Spirituality Festival is not just about gaining a new experience, new skills or taking away a new resource; today is about growing as an individual and growing as God’s people. It is about being fed by God’s love so that we can then feed the world with hope.”
Further information from: Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese 01227 459 401, 07876 210 446, firstname.lastname@example.org