Feb
1
to Feb 1

Reflective Chester

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City dwelling is about finding our way in a place full of people, full of buildings, full of activity and challenge. We can keep our heads down, our phones on, our pace speedy, our doors closed. Or we can choose a different response to the city, even if only sometimes: a slower pace, fresh perspectives, new connections. Now and again, we can take our time in the city.

Reflective Chester is a year-long programme of ways to do this. We’ll be running pop-ups around the city and with groups, and you can join us on Facebook @Reflective Chester, and on Twitter @ReflectChester. See you around!

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Sep
24
10:30 AM10:30

Creative Workshop

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Join us for a morning of exploring the theme of ‘The Well’, as we host the Retreat Association icon of the Woman at the Well during the second half of September. There will be time for reflection with the icon, and then a morning of your own creative exploration of the theme, guided by local artist Susanna Coan - as well as cake… No expertise expected!

for more on the icon, see http://www.retreats.org.uk/icon.php (Retreat Association - external website)

10.30am - 12.30pm

9 Abbey Square

£10 inc all materials, drinks and cake

How to book: Please book online by clicking here (takes you to our booking page on the Ticketsource website). If you have difficulty with this, please contact us direct. Thank you.

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Sep
26
10:00 AM10:00

A Short Retreat

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Find quiet time and slow down on this short day of retreat in the city - with simple input drawing gently and deeply on Christian spirituality, resources, shared time and your own time.  We will start the day with guided reflection and silence, and close with shared conversation.  For the time in between there will be resources for you to choose if you wish, as you use our two rooms in Abbey Square, or wander to the Cathedral, its grounds, or into the city.

In September, our Short Retreat will draw its theme from the image of the Woman at the Well, as we host the Retreat Association icon of this story during the second half of the month. This image is well-loved, too, in the fountain sculpture in the Cloister Garden of the Cathedral.

for more on the icon, see http://www.retreats.org.uk/icon.php (Retreat Association - external website)

arrive from 10am for coffee, to start at 10.30am – end 2.30pm          

9 Abbey Sq

£12 including tea / coffee (but please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) 

How to book: Please book online by clicking here (takes you to our booking page on the Ticketsource website). If you have difficulty with this, please contact us direct. Thank you.

    

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Soulful Saturday with the icon of The Woman at the Well

Retreat Association icon of the Woman at the Well

Retreat Association icon of the Woman at the Well

During this Saturday morning, call in to the Cathedral Cloister Room for as long as you wish as we offer guided reflections, quiet time and resources all drawing on the beautiful icon of The Woman at the Well. The Retreat Association icon is here in Chester as it tours a number of UK locations this year: for more information see http://www.retreats.org.uk/icon.php (Retreat Association - external website). Resources on retreats will also be available through the morning.

Another version of this image will be well-known to many people as the fountain sculpture in the Cloister Garden of the Cathedral.

10am - 12.30pm - come along for the whole morning or just a part

Cloister Room, Chester Cathedral

no charge or bookings, but donations towards costs and the work of Retreat House Chester are very welcome

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Oct
1
to Oct 22

Christian Meditation: an introductory course (afternoons)

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This course of four weekly afternoon sessions offers an introduction to the practice of meditation as taught by the World Community of Christian Meditation.

Christian meditation is not something new but is deeply rooted in Christian tradition. We go beyond words, thoughts and images into the presence of God within.

‘Meditation is the way to purity of heart, leaving behind all fear and all limitation and entering simply into God’s presence’ – John Main OSB

Using material from the World Community of Christian Meditation, this introductory course provides an opportunity to experience the practice of Christian meditation in a small group, to learn about its origins, and to discover its relevance as a form of prayer for the contemporary world.

We are glad to be supported in this course by a grant from The Christian Meditation Trust (UK)

Tuesday afternoons 1, 8, 15, 22 October

2 - 3.30pm

9 Abbey Square

£25

How to book: Please book online by clicking here (takes you to our booking page on the Ticketsource website). If you have difficulty with this, please contact us direct. Thank you.

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Oct
2
to Oct 23

Christian Meditation: an introductory course (evenings)

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This course of four weekly evening sessions offers an introduction to the practice of meditation as taught by the World Community of Christian Meditation.

Christian meditation is not something new but is deeply rooted in Christian tradition. We go beyond words, thoughts and images into the presence of God within.

‘Meditation is the way to purity of heart, leaving behind all fear and all limitation and entering simply into God’s presence’ – John Main OSB

Using material from the World Community of Christian Meditation, this introductory course provides an opportunity to experience the practice of Christian meditation in a small group, to learn about its origins, and to discover its relevance as a form of prayer for the contemporary world.

We are glad to be supported in this course by a grant from The Christian Meditation Trust (UK)

Wednesday evenings 2, 9, 16, 23 October

7 - 8.30pm

9 Abbey Square

£25

How to book: Please book online by clicking here (takes you to our booking page on the Ticketsource website). If you have difficulty with this, please contact us direct. Thank you.

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Oct
11
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

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These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know) 

9 Abbey Square

£12 inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally)

How to book: Please book online by clicking here (takes you to our booking page on the Ticketsource website). If you have difficulty with this, please contact us direct. Thank you.

 


 

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Cathedral Contemplative Prayer

Usually the second Monday of each month, joining with Chester Cathedral in a time of silence with simple input.

7.30pm St Anselm’s Chapel, Chester Cathedral

no need to book - just come along         

Please note: Entrance to St Anselm's Chapel for these evenings is through the archway into Abbey Square, not through the Cathedral main entrance.  Someone will be at the archway with directions until about 7.25pm.  

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Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Soulful Saturday: A Short Retreat

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Aware that our Short Retreats are usually on weekdays, this time we’re offering a Saturday Short Retreat, especially for those for whom a weekday is impossible.

Find quiet time and slow down on this short day of retreat in the city - with simple input drawing gently and deeply on Christian spirituality, resources, shared time and your own time. We will start the day with guided reflection and silence, and close with shared conversation. For the time in between there will be resources for you to choose if you wish, as you use our two rooms in Abbey Square, or wander to the Cathedral, its grounds, or into the city.

arrive from 10am for coffee, to start at 10.30am – end 2.30pm

9 Abbey Sq

£12 including tea / coffee (but please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally)

How to book: Please book online by clicking here (takes you to our booking page on the Ticketsource website). If you have difficulty with this, please contact us direct. Thank you.

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Nov
8
10:30 AM10:30

Book Club

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A chance every six weeks or so to share responses to books on spirituality, both classic and contemporary.

The book for November’s meeting is ‘Living on the Border - Reflections on the Experience of Threshold’ by Esther de Waal.

“I just love this beautiful book. A lifetime’s devotion to the magic and mystery of Celtic wisdom lies between its covers. It is earthy and unsentimental, at times astonishing and overwhelming, and always reverent and loving. It is a sacramental meditation, an incarnational poem, playing on the borders between nature and grace, in the world of our heart, and in the heart of our world.” Daniel O’Leary

The hope is that you will have read your own copy of the book (or most of it!) before the session. Our Book Club sessions are lightly guided, to help us with sharing our responses.

10.30am - 12noon (with coffee 10 - 10.20am) - places are limited, so please let us know by email or phone that you will be coming - donations on the door (£5 suggested)

9 Abbey Square

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

Cathedral Contemplative Prayer

Usually the second Monday of each month, joining with Chester Cathedral in a time of silence with simple input.

7.30pm St Anselm’s Chapel, Chester Cathedral

no need to book - just come along         

Please note: Entrance to St Anselm's Chapel for these evenings is through the archway into Abbey Square, not through the Cathedral main entrance.  Someone will be at the archway with directions until about 7.25pm.  

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Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

A Short Retreat

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Find quiet time and slow down on this short day of retreat in the city - with simple input drawing gently and deeply on Christian spirituality, resources, shared time and your own time.  We will start the day with guided reflection and silence, and close with shared conversation.  For the time in between there will be resources for you to choose if you wish, as you use our two rooms in Abbey Square, or wander to the Cathedral, its grounds, or into the city.

In November, a time of half-light, our theme is ‘Thin Places’ - those times and places where heaven and earth seem to touch…

arrive from 10am for coffee, to start at 10.30am – end 2.30pm          

9 Abbey Sq

£12 including tea / coffee (but please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally)

How to book: Please book online by clicking here (takes you to our booking page on the Ticketsource website). If you have difficulty with this, please contact us direct. Thank you.       

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Dec
3
to Dec 6

Advent Peace

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During this week, from Tuesday to Friday, call in to find a time of peace at the start of the Advent season, deeply a time of quiet expectation of the Christmas promise.

Times will be advertised.

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Dec
18
10:00 AM10:00

Advent Peace Day

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These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know) 

9 Abbey Square

£12 inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally)

How to book: Please book online by clicking here (takes you to our booking page on the Ticketsource website). If you have difficulty with this, please contact us direct. Thank you.

 


 

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Sep
13
10:30 AM10:30

Book Club

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A chance every six weeks or so to share responses to books on spirituality, both classic and contemporary.

The book for September’s meeting is The Genesee Diary by 20th-Century writer Henri Nouwen - described by the publisher as ‘insightful, compassionate, often humorous, always realistic, The Genesee Diary is both an inspiration and a challenge to those who are in search of themselves’. It is Nouwen’s personal spiritual journal of his seven-month stay in a monastery, in which he discovered ‘a quiet stream underneath the fluctuating affirmations and rejections of our little world’, and is written with his characteristic and much-loved honesty.

The hope is that you will have read your own copy of the book (or most of it!) before the session. Our Book Club sessions are lightly guided, to help us with sharing our responses.

arrive from 10am for coffee, to start at 10.30am - end 12noon - places are limited, so please let us know by email or phone that you will be coming - donations on the door (£5 suggested)

9 Abbey Square

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Sep
9
7:30 PM19:30

Cathedral Contemplative Prayer

Usually the second Monday of each month, joining with Chester Cathedral in a time of silence with simple input.

7.30pm St Anselm’s Chapel, Chester Cathedral

no need to book - just come along         

Please note: Entrance to St Anselm's Chapel for these evenings is through the archway into Abbey Square, not through the Cathedral main entrance.  Someone will be at the archway with directions until about 7.25pm.  

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Jul
23
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know)  9 Abbey Square

£12 on the day inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - please email or call to book your place

 


 

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Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Evening Walk

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We’ll circle the city by taking a walk around the Walls, with some time for walking and talking, and some time for walking in quiet, and pausing to take in the views. We’ll end with a drink at Storyhouse.

Please meet at 7pm outside 9 Abbey Square (we won’t go in), and wear suitable footwear. If it’s raining, we’ll go straight to Storyhouse!

Please let us know by phone or email (by Tuesday lunchtime) if you intend to come along. There is no charge for this walk (but please bring enough for a drink afterwards). Donations are welcome.

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Jul
5
10:30 AM10:30

Book Club

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A chance every six weeks or so to share responses to books on spirituality, both classic and contemporary.

The book for July’s meeting is ‘God of Surprises’ by Gerard W. Hughes, a highly popular late-twentieth century work, with the blurb ‘Jesus said “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.” This book has only one purpose: to suggest ways of finding the treasure in what we may consider a most unlikely field - ourselves. It is a guide book to the inner journey…’

Suggestions for books / authors are welcome!

It is likely that we will also run a Book Club in the EVENINGS: please let us know if this might interest you.

10.30am - 12noon - please let us know you will be coming - donations on the door (£5 suggested)

9 Abbey Square

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

Reflective Meadows Amble

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Meadows in the City: Join us as we meander across the river for an amble through Chester’s Meadows. We will walk together, with material offered for personal reflection as we pause along the way – followed by coffee and conversation.

Please note that this walk involves steps, some uneven ground and needs suitable footwear.

10am - 12.30pm gather at 9 Abbey Square, end with coffee (we may have coffee in a café by the river: please bring a few pounds for this)

£8 on the day - please email or call to book your place

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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know)  9 Abbey Square

£12 on the day inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - please email or call to book your place

 


 

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Jun
10
7:30 PM19:30

Cathedral Contemplative Prayer

Usually the second Monday of each month, joining with Chester Cathedral in a time of silence with simple input.

7.30pm St Anselm’s Chapel, Chester Cathedral

no need to book - just come along         

Please note: Entrance to St Anselm's Chapel for these evenings is through the archway into Abbey Square, not through the Cathedral main entrance.  Someone will be at the archway with directions until about 7.25pm.  

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Jun
7
10:30 AM10:30

A Short Retreat

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Find quiet time and slow down on this short day of retreat in the city - with simple input drawing gently and deeply on Christian spirituality, resources, shared time and your own time.  We will start the day with guided reflection and silence, and close with shared conversation.  For the time in between there will be resources for you to choose if you wish, as you use our rooms in Abbey Square, or wander to the Cathedral, its grounds, or into the city.

In June, we will use the Pentecost story of the Holy Spirit to help us consider our experience of the Divine.

10.30am – 2.30pm           9 Abbey Sq

£12 (advance booking) including tea / coffee (but please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally)             

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Jun
6
to Jun 27

Thursday Conversations

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'Wisdom': a series of four conversation mornings. In the ‘second half’ of our lives, we can find that our life experience is ground for wisdom; in scripture too there is rich wisdom tradition. To explore this gently, we will use resources of pictures and short pieces as a starting point, then follow this with a time of quiet personal reflection before conversation in the second half of the morning.

It is best to be at all four sessions, but possible to miss one!

£25 for four sessions (6, 13, 20, 27 June) and resource pack - advance booking only     

10.30am - 12 noon - and you are welcome to arrive for a coffee first from 10am

9 Abbey Square

    

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May
23
10:00 AM10:00

Reflective City Walk

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Cloisters, Orchards and Borderlands:  Join us for a reflective city walk, as we meander along part of the City Walls and through the area between Northgate and Watergate – drawing on this area’s history as the former port of Chester, the city’s ‘monastic lands’ and its views of Welsh hills.   We will walk together, with material offered for personal reflection as we pause along the way – followed by coffee and conversation back in Abbey Square.

Please note that this walk involves steps and needs suitable footwear.

10am - 12.30pm  9 Abbey Square

£8 - advance booking only

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
May
13
7:30 PM19:30

Cathedral Contemplative Prayer

Usually the second Monday of each month, joining with Chester Cathedral in a time of silence with simple input.

7.30pm St Anselm’s Chapel, Chester Cathedral

no need to book - just come along         

Please note: Entrance to St Anselm's Chapel for these evenings is through the archway into Abbey Square, not through the Cathedral main entrance.  Someone will be at the archway with directions until about 7.25pm.  

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Apr
26
10:30 AM10:30

A Short Retreat

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Find quiet time and slow down on this short day of retreat in the city - with simple input drawing gently and deeply on Christian spirituality, resources, shared time and your own time.  We will start the day with guided reflection and silence, and close with shared conversation.  For the time in between there will be resources for you to choose if you wish, as you use our rooms in Abbey Square, or wander to the Cathedral, its grounds, or into the city.

In April, we will use the Easter story to help us consider how we might encounter the Divine.

10.30am – 2.30pm           9 Abbey Sq

£12 (advance booking) including tea / coffee (but please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally)             

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Apr
16
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know)  9 Abbey Square

£12 inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - advance booking only

 


 

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Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Craft Workshop: card stitching for Spring

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On the first day of Spring, join us round the table for coffee, cake and the absorbing craft of simple card stitching. You’ll have a choice of greetings cards with pre-made holes and a range of threads, and a little guidance and help: all you need to add is your time and enjoyment! No expertise expected!

10am - 12.30

9, Abbey Square

£10 (advance booking)

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Mar
13
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know)  9 Abbey Square

£12 inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - advance booking only

 


 

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Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know)  9 Abbey Square

£12 inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - advance booking only

 


 

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Feb
11
7:30 PM19:30

Cathedral Contemplative Prayer

Usually the second Monday of each month, joining with Chester Cathedral in a time of silence with simple input.

7.30pm St Anselm’s Chapel, Chester Cathedral

no need to book - just come along         

Please note: Entrance to St Anselm's Chapel for these evenings is through the archway into Abbey Square, not through the Cathedral main entrance.  Someone will be at the archway with directions until about 7.25pm.  

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