One of the UK’s oldest churches this weekend gave people the opportunity to experience the life of a modern day monk.
St. Peter’s Church Monkwearmouth, in Sunderland, which has been a place of Christian worship since 674 AD, held a “Monastic Experience” day on Saturday 10th January as part of its celebrations surrounding Benedict Biscop, the Patron Saint of Sunderland and founder of the original monastery.
Led by Fr George Guiver and Br Philip Nichols of the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield nr Huddersfield, the day included monastic-style worship, a silent lunch and presentations on what it is like to be a monk in 21st Century Britain in comparison to their 1st Century counterparts.
Assistant Curate Rev Paul Child said “This was a fantastic opportunity for people to experience a different, and to some unusual, way of life.
“St. Peter’s, with its iconic status and rich monastic heritage, is the perfect place to come and discover more about those who devote their lives to Christ in such a dramatic way.”
Fr. George said : “The treasures of monastic life are for everybody and all ages, because it’s simply about living the gospel – we are no different, we just do it in a particular way.
“The program was designed to teach something about monastic life, to show that it has got things in it for everyone that can help people live the Christian faith in times when it’s a challenge. Also to give people a little bit of an experience of what our life is like.”