One Body: exploring the many faces of Catholicism in Preston. A series of evenings each led by one of the different expressions – from those who are new to Preston such as ICKSP, the Neocatechumenal Way and the Syro Malabar Rite to those who have been in the area for many years such as the Jesuits and Benedictines. A chance to learn about and celebrate the variety that makes up the Body of Christ here on our doorstep and an opportunity to meet with members of the different expressions and foster unity.
It was great to spend an evening of food, fellowship and a few dodgy jokes with some of the Thursday Night group. Most weeks we spend time sharing in small groups but it was fantastic to relax together and get to know each other in a more social environment. That’s it for the summer now but we look forward to seeing everyone in September
Our Advent Series exploring the Canticles at the beginning of Luke’s Gospel was a great success. We had four very different speakers who each inspired us with their teaching, testimony and deep faith. (More info here) Each of the canticles sung by Zechariah, John the Baptist, Mary and Simeon respectively teach us so much about the nature of God and how He is constantly working for the good of each one of us. The talks were all well attended and we were all well-prepared for a deeper encounter with Christ at Christmas.
On 10th November 2017, a packed St.Wilfrid’s Church in Preston witnessed the dramatic production of, ‘Romero- Heartbeat of El Salvador’ brought to us by RISE Theatre. The play told the story of Blessed Oscar Romero who became Archbishop of San Salvador. He was assassinated on Monday March 24th 1980 as he was celebrating Mass in the chapel of the Divine Providence cancer hospital where he lived.
The story of Blessed Oscar Romero is a compelling account of the power of conversion or Metanoia, transforming him from a scared Priest; feeling it was not his role to speak out in the name of Jesus Christ about the many injustices which beset his country; into a courageous disciple of Jesus Christ, enthused by the Holy Spirit to denounce the violence, cruelty and injustice which surrounded him.
His conversion was brought about by his personally witnessing the lives faced by the poor and marginalised and the daily violence they were subjected to. It was here in these experiences that he felt the powerful call of Jesus to radically change his way of thinking
It is fitting that Metanoia Project invited Rise Theatre to stage the production at St. Wilfrid’s (Thanks to Fr. Stephen Patterson), as those who watched the play were challenged to their own Metanoia, to leave behind our lives of comfort and make a decision to follow Jesus wherever he is calling us. If you feel that Jesus is calling you to experience the joy of Metanoia, then please get in contact with us so that we can help you along the journey. As disciples of Jesus, we may lose everything we hold dear, even our lives, but nothing will ever come to close to the joy of knowing and following Jesus, a joy which lasts forever!!
It’s great to welcome back Metanoia Project’s, ‘BeOne’ Adult Ministry which takes place on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm-9.30pmat St. Wilfrid’s Parish Centre, Preston.
To kick off the new season of adult formation activities, we began with the regular ‘Living Water’ format which involves, worship and praise, reading and praying with scripture, a short talk, time for personal reflection and a chance to socialise with others and make new friends! We always use the following Sunday’s Gospel reading as our focus for reflection.
Our Gospel for our first evening back after the Summer break was a challenging one and came from Matt: 18 vs 15-20 (Go and get your Bible and read it for yourself!) After reading and praying with the Gospel, Metanoia Project’s Project Director, Joe White breaks open the Word for us as he delivers a short talk on the Gospel. Joe’s impassioned talks are always powerful and enable us to understand the Word of God in new and exciting ways. Joe then set the following questions for us to discuss in our small groups:
Do you correct people for your own good or for their own good?
Do you avoid correcting people?
Do you respond well to correction from others?
Do you feel you are in a community where this is possible?
After Joe’s talk and our group discussion the message was clear, we need to be part of a community where Jesus is at the centre of everything!
It was great to receive the following feedback from one of the participants, Jillian:
‘Such a Blessing to be with the group last night, to see your Passion and broken-heartedness with Christ, over those who do not yet know Him. May The LORD Jesus strengthen, protect, Bless and honour the work He has entrusted you with, with an outpouring of His Holy Spirit. Shalom!
We are here every Thursday at St. Wilfrid’s Parish Centre, do come and join us so that you too can experience God’s abundant blessings!
In June we were honoured to host Rise Theatre who spent an evening sharing some of their sketches with us here at St Wilfrid’s.
The theme for the evening was ‘Do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows’ (Matt 10:31) and we explored this through prayer, music, talks, testimony and of course short pieces of drama from Rise Theatre. Anyone who had never encountered Rise Theatre before was suitably impressed and surprised at their professionalism, creativity and ability to move and inspire.
In the past Rise Theatre have performed two full-length plays here in Preston which have both been extremely well received. You may remember ‘Soldier to Saint’ – the life story of Saint Alban brought to life in the gritty world of London 2030 where religious expression has been made illegal, and ‘White Rabbit’ – the magical tale of two world weary adults who discover what it means to dream and believe again.
We are very excited to announce that Rise Theatre are coming back to Preston this autumn with their brand new play which they will be performing right here in St Wilfrid’s Church! ‘Romero: Heartbeat of El Salvador’ looks at the life and legacy of a man who chose to challenge those in power and stand up for social justice.
This is a brilliant opportunity to see this professional, Christian theatre company who have performed around the world right here on our doorstep. It promises to be an informative, enjoyable and inspiring evening so don’t miss out! Tickets are available from the Bookshop or from Joe and Ruth White of Metanoia Project 07957 566741. We hope you can join us!