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Bristol Cathedral is Changing (COVID-19 Update)

20th March 2020

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At all times and in all places – Bristol Cathedral is Changing

“It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise.”

At all times and in all places.

As a week of great upheaval for the Church comes to a close, a week in which the Archbishops of Canterbury and York announced that all public worship has been suspended with immediate effect, these words from one of the Eucharistic Prayers strike a particularly fitting chord.

In these changing times, we continue to give praise to God, who never changes, and offer to him the prayers of his people at all times, and in all places.

Bristol Cathedral remains physically open for private prayer, and open online for worship through services live-streamed on Facebook. We are hoping to be able to live-stream our services directly to YouTube, once we have 1,000 subscribers, as YouTube is more accessible to those who do not have Facebook, as is the case for many of our congregation.

Cathedral Church Opening Hours
10.00am to 3.00pm – Monday to Saturday 1
1.00am to 3.00pm – Sunday

Live-Streamed Service Times
9.30am Monday to Saturday Morning Prayer
12.30pm Monday to Saturday Lunchtime Eucharist
3.30pm Monday to Saturday Evening Prayer
10.00am Sunday Sunday Eucharist with Sermon

Canon Michael Johnson, Acting Dean of Bristol: “During this period we plan to keep the Cathedral open. At a time when many places are closed, and when we are encouraged to practice ‘social distancing’ the cathedral provides a safe space where people can come to pray and reflect (and with sufficient distance around them). We believe that this will continue to be of great value to the city we are called to serve. We are continuing the worship of the Cathedral. With the suspension of public worship, directed by the Archbishops, we are live streaming our services. The early indication is that many more people are using this option than would habitually attend in person. We have found, through the feedback that we are receiving, that people are appreciating and are feeling supported by being a part of a virtual congregation. We are also doing what we can to care for the Cathedral congregation, by keeping in touch, largely by phone, but using other means as well as the need arises.

“This is a challenging time for the whole world, but a time when we can keep helping our neighbour as best we can and by continuing to pray, confident in a God of love and hope. For our part, at the cathedral, we will continue to pray for you in these difficult times.”

We continue to engage with our congregation and followers online, and over the coming days and weeks you will notice an increase in our activity on our social media feeds, as we maximise the opportunity social media gives us to connect with you, pray for our world, and offer praise and thanksgiving to God, through his Son Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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