Over 20 churches/youth groups from across Durham Diocese brought a record number of young people to The Pulse youth event in the Cathedral last month.  After a hot chocolate and cookies in the Cloister we gathered in the Chapter House for the first time, which had undergone a transformation in the afternoon with lighting, speakers and giant TV screens brought in. Local Gospel Choir ‘Voices of Virtue’ very quickly got everyone engaged and up on our feet with songs like ‘I will follow Him’ and ‘Shackles’. The sound and atmosphere was just amazing.

The Cathedral itself had been set up as ‘the world’s largest escape room’ and after the first set from the choir 30 teams were set off to ‘escape’ from the Cathedral in 30 minutes! Each team had to solve a series of clues from all around the building including the Galilee Chapel and the Chapel of Nine Altars in order to open the 3-digit lock on their boxes, using Bibles and a UV torch! The password to escape from the Cathedral (under the clock and back into the Chapter House) was Bishop Paul’s middle name, read from the list of bishops dating back to Aldhun in 995!

Dan Green, from Chester-le-Street, spoke to everyone about how he had come to faith and seen his life transformed over the last few years, from being an atheist to being confirmed by Bishop Mark early this year, through a Christian friend and the Talking Jesus mission in Durham Diocese last year. Revd Sophie Jelley, Canon Missioner at the Cathedral, gave a short Gospel presentation talking about Holman Hunt’s famous ‘Light of the World’ painting.

We were very grateful to Peter Lowis and his team of cathedral stewards, and to stewards from Equip North East, Cranmer Hall and Chester-le-Street parish church and to the Cathedral staff for enabling the event to happen in this amazing building. A huge thank you to Tim Cullingworth and his incredible team for the sound and lighting, who finally got away from the Cathedral at 11pm!

The next Pulse event is on Sunday 24th March 2019 in the Cathedral. Details to follow.