The Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary has stood in the centre of Southwell for centuries. The Minster as it is known locally is a beacon of living faith for the people of Nottinghamshire, witnessing through the centuries to God’s love for his people, and today inspiring all who come as pilgrims or tourists.
The primary work of the Minster today is the same as it has been through the ages, the worship of God, the mission of the gospel and the ministry of hospitality and welcome. It is a prayerful place and daily worship is at the centre of our life.
A Working Cathedral
Apart from the normal round of the daily office and Eucharist, the Minster is in demand for some 50 or so special services and events of many kinds including ordinations, confirmations, Memorial Services, County and Civic services, school and college services, and presentation and degree ceremonies.
Our outward focused ministry with the County and external organisations is essential and we work hard to ensure that all who are hosted in the Minster are welcomed and involved in the planning and delivery of the service. We regularly hosts art exhibitions and theatre productions, and there is a series of organ recitals and concerts. Messy Minster and Mini Minsters for younger children have been established by the School Chaplain as monthly midweek activities.
Southwell Minster as Cathedral and parish church offers all who come here an opportunity for celebration, learning and discovery.