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Following on from the great success of previous Festivals including (most recently) the Festival of Baptism, there will be a Festival of Faith in Daily Life at Blackburn Cathedral, this weekend, Saturday, March 19.

The event will also coincide with the launch of 'The Vine Community' initiative for the Diocese. 

Delegates attending on the day will be reflecting on how we can all be confident disciples, witnesses and leaders for Jesus Christ in our homes, workplaces and communities.

Bishop Philip will preside at a Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Youth Choir; there will be a keynote address from Lord David Alton of Liverpool about how faith has affected his working life of public service, and a variety of workshops with some practical ideas.

Later, in the afternoon, there will also be an introduction to The Vine Community, which is a simple and flexible framework for living out a Christian life, sometimes called a ‘rule of life’.

More on that part of the day, and the The Vine Community framework in general, can be found hereour new permanent 'landing page' on the website for the Community. 

Helpful workshop themes, suitable for all, will include faith at home, faith at work and living alongside people of other faiths.

Please note that while the Festival is free, places needed to be booked in advance so that the Cathedral could manage workshop numbers. Booking is now closed. 

Delegates on the day will be provided with a prayer and pledge card pack ... the cards for which are also available as digital downloads here

Those wanting to make the pledge to be part of The Vine Community are encouraged to sign the pledge card within the pack and keep it as a reminder and/or take things one step further by emailing with your pledge confirmation and contact details.

We will use the contact information you supply to let you know about future events related to The Vine Community only – including a planned service of commitment in June.




Ronnie Semley, February and March 2022