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Durham Cathedral to launch online Community of Prayer

21 October 2020

Durham Cathedral is to launch a digital dispersed Community of Prayer on 25 October.

Durham Cathedral’s Community of Prayer comes off the back of the success of its programme of online worship which began at the start of lockdown. Following the switch to digital, it soon became clear that an online community was starting to rapidly build, with a core group of close to 200 people engaging proactively with each service, and an average of 1,300 people returning to engage with an online service at some point later in the day.

While daily congregational worship has now resumed in the church, the new online community will allow those who regularly join an act of worship, or are interested in doing so, but who are unable to visit Durham in person, to continue their connection with the cathedral and become part of a larger online Community of Prayer.

Durham Cathedral’s Canon Chancellor, Canon Charlie Allen, said: “I am overjoyed to be launching our new online Community of Prayer. Lockdown showed us just how many people across the globe have a real connection to Durham Cathedral and we want to build on this sense of community in a positive and meaningful way by forming this shared space of prayer. I am hopeful that our new online community will become a useful resource for those who would like to deepen their sense of belonging to Durham Cathedral and explore their faith, while also combatting some of the loneliness felt by many at this time.

"Whether you consider the cathedral to be your primary ‘spiritual home’, or a spiritual resource in addition to your connection with your local church community, the Community of Prayer is very much a place to belong.”

The dispersed community is free to join, and will involve invitation to a closed community Facebook group as a focal point for prayer, communication and discussion; a monthly Zoom gathering to explore questions of common interest; as well as access to special events such as bi-monthly quiet days. A depth of reflective resources will also be available for members to tap into to aid their journey in prayer and discipleship. The most important aspect of the dispersed community will be for members to embrace a simple and flexible rhythm of life involving a commitment to prayer, learning, and living the values of a Christian life.  

If you feel the Community of Prayer is not for you, rest assured that the cathedral is continuing its digital ministry by offering regular online services to Facebook as normal.

Anyone who is interested in joining is invited to visit the cathedral website at http://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/worship-music/community-of-prayer, where you will find more details and a short pre-membership form to complete.