Sunday 2nd August Cathedral Morning Worship
After four months, we warmly welcome you to return to Belfast Cathedral as Services resume at 11am from Sunday morning 2nd August. With the easing of restrictions on those who have been shielding, and a growing confidence to resume many activities we once took for granted, we encourage all who wish to join our first live service together within the walls of our cathedral building. Under government and church guidelines, the cathedral has been rearranged to ensure 2 metre social distancing for all who attend. Other changes to encourage our cathedral parishioners and visitors to join us include hand sanitization points, individual service sheets already placed on seats, a minimum of movement once seated, and the option to use the cathedral's contactless card reader to make your Sunday donation.
Following guidance, there will be no congregational hymn singing, but music within the service will be provided by Mr Jack Wilson, as organist, and Mr Caolan Keaveney as our Tenor Soloist. The preacher for this Sunday's service will be Canon Mark Niblock, Dean's Vicar, with the service led by the Dean and Mrs Gillian McGaughey.
A further change which members of the congregation will notice is that seating will be allocated from the front as parishioners arrive. And at the end of the service, after the organ voluntary, the congregation will be guided to leave from the back seats to those at the front. This is an important way to avoid people passing one another, which would give rise to an increased risk of any transmission. Those who belong to the same household will be able to sit together. However those from different households will be asked to sit separately. At present the cathedral has seating for 100 worshippers.
Regrettably, we will be unable to serve refreshments at the end of the service, as members of the congregation are encouraged to make their way outside. However, doubtless socially distanced conversations will be had in the cathedral grounds.
We realise that the new experience of cathedral worship will seem strange at first, but we hope that the opportunity to share together in prayer, the scriptures, reflection and cathedral music will be appreciated by all.
However for those still unable to join us in person, there will be a Live Stream of the service starting at 10.50am. Please click on Facebook "F" icon at the bottom of this webpage, or on the link immediately below for access.
In addition a recording of the service will be placed on the telephone audio facility (028 95 320355) after the end of the service.
Full details of arrangements for Cathedral Services in August are found below, along with the Dean's Letter for all cathedral parishioners.