Welcome from the Dean
For over 900 years Southwell Minster has opened its doors every day to welcome visitors, pilgrims and worshippers. Some are local, many from further afield and across the world. We have placed hospitality in the name of Jesus Christ as being at the heart of what we want to offer the 100,000, or so, people, who come each year.
We’re known as the ‘hidden gem’ of English cathedrals, tucked away in a delightful Nottinghamshire market town and yet glistening with beauty and charm. The Minster’s ancient stones soaked with centuries of daily prayer and praise to God; yet it is not a foreboding, impersonal place. First-time visitors, especially children, walk into the nave, the main body of the church, and find that their eyes are drawn upwards. Towards the figure of ‘Christus Rex’, ‘Christ the King’ prominent over the nave arch, leaning forward with arms outstretched. It’s as if Christ himself is running to embrace and welcome all who come. It’s a wonderful image of warmth and homecoming, which even total strangers feel.
Recently a visitor to the Minster wrote that following her visit she was full of hope again. As the Dean here I cannot think of a more encouraging response. Hope that the world in all its struggles and uncertainties is to be confident in the faithfulness of God. The Christian story is realistic about the darkness and pain of our human experience, and yet full of hope and promise in our God who humbles himself and enters the world as a vulnerable child. The message of Christmas: A child who grows to show us the generous love and peace of God, truly a light for life’s path, whatever challenges we face.
We look forward to welcoming you!
The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan
Dean of Southwell
Prayer is an essential part of our life as a Christian. It is an opportunity to share with God the situations and people who are in our hearts. Prayer is also about listening and taking the time to listen to what God is saying to us. In this minster we have a number of services throughout the day and you are very welcome to join us. Take a look at our services calendar.
The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples, when they asked him how they should pray.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.