March sees the launch of a new initiative at St Paul’s called Explorations. The aim is to create a regular space in our life here for connection, conversation and growth in faith. We will be taking advantage of the remarkable cultural opportunities and the richness of our city’s history viewed through the eyes of Christian faith.
Each month – most commonly on the first Saturday – we will meet at a particular location for refreshments before embarking on our chosen activity finishing with a view to finishing at lunchtime. Explorations will be family-friendly and so we hope will a meeting place for both the Family Mass and Solemn Eucharist congregations.
Our first gathering will be on Saturday, 4th March at the V&A. We will meet inside the main entrance of the museum at 10am.
Saturday 8th April – The Gospel according to Shakespeare – a guided tour of the Globe Theatre.
Saturday 13th May –An opportunity to learn about the Tyburn martyrs, to pray and reflect on religious tolerance. We will be meeting at the Marble Arch itself at 10:00 to recall the site of the the ‘Tyburn Tree’ – the King’s Gallows from 1196 to 1783. Close to this site is the Tyburn Convent where the Blessed Sacrament is made available for perpetual prayer. Following our visit to the convent we will meet for coffee and consider what we can learn about contemporary questions we face as a society. We will be finished by 12:00. For more details and to let us know you’re coming email or ring Fr Louis (07779 103 826).
Saturday 10th June – The next Explorations trip will be to the Jewish Museum in Camden on Saturday 10th June from 10.00am to noon exploring the question of how we live with difference. The Jewish Museum describes itself in the following way: Our Mission is to surprise, delight and engage all people, irrespective of background or faith, in the history, identity and culture of Jews in Britain: by inspiring discovery, provoking questions and encouraging understanding. Our Vision is of a world where cultural diversity and the contribution of minority communities are explored, valued and celebrated, for the enrichment of society as a whole. For more information please speak to Fr Louis and check out the museum website. For more details and to let us know you’re coming email or ring Fr Louis (07779 103 826).
Saturday 8th July – July’s Explorations gathering is an opportunity to experience the ancient practice of the labyrinth. It is a path known to have existed for over 4000 years.The twists and turns on the labyrinth path mirror the twists and turns in our lives. Following this path offers the restless mins an opportunity to be inwardly observant, to pay attention to feelings, to explore challenges and be open to fresh insights and ideas. Walking prayerfully is very much part of the Christian tradition and is known to have been embraced by Christians since the fourth century. We will meet in Hyde Park on Saturday 8th July at 10am. For more details and to let us know you’re coming email or ring Fr Louis (07779 103 826).