It’s been a mad few weeks in the Minster: the Summer Dinner, the Flower Festival, the Patronal Festival, and now the Minster Summer Festival begins with a concert by the Black Dyke Band.
Music has always been one of the main strengths of the Minster. I know from experience that music can enhance worship to a new level of spirituality, and many Christians have found music to be at the heart of their relationship with God. We have done much in recent years to make the Minster a place where music can regularly be heard – be it in worship, weekly organ recitals, our expanding concert programme. It’s been said on numerous occasions that brass sounds particularly good in the Minster acoustics, which it does, but the other week, we heard the strings of Kirklees Youth Symphony Orchestra play in the Minster, and they too sounded terrific. The Minster choir take a well-earned summer break in July, and return in September, after singing the services at Brecon Cathedral over August Bank Holiday weekend. We continue to urgently build up the Minster choir, children and adults, we need the whole community to help recruit new members!
Time to rest and recreate is something important for all of us. Life can be such a rat race for many people. Life/work balance is important for communities as it is for individuals. I do hope that over the summer all of us can find time to slow down, rest, and refresh for the autumn term. Because of holidays and sickness, there will be a few gaps in the Welcomers rota, and given it’s holiday time, we will hope to see an increase in visitor numbers, and it would be a shame if the Minster wasn’t able to be open. So if you can offer either an extra shift, or for the first time, David Simon would love to hear from you! It can be really rewarding to offer time back to God, and to welcome others into your Minster.
This time of year we begin the preparation for Initiation Sunday – 1st November 10.30am. Here the bishop comes amongst us for baptism, admission to communion, confirmation, and re-affirmation of faith. Every year different people have come forward to renew their faith in some way – is this the year for you? Preparation courses begin in September for all participants: look out for the additional publicity and speak with any of the Clergy about joining in. One of the planks of the Minster Development Plan is about the renewal of people – how we enter more deeply into the mystery of Christ – now is your chance to do something about it!
Have a lovely summer!
All best wishes,