The Pulse

What is The Pulse?

The Pulse is a termly gathering for young people (school years 7-13) organised through Durham Diocese.

What happens at The Pulse?

Each event is different; it is usually based in Durham Cathedral but not always. The purpose is for youth groups to come together in larger numbers than their weekly meetings, to have fun, to explore faith in a variety of different ways and to worship God together. 

During the pandemic, we moved online, but we’re physically meeting again now. Past events and activities have included:

  • a pilgrimage across the sands to Holy Island
  • magician and comedian John Archer 
  • the world’s largest escape room
  • a gospel choir 
  • big games 
  • prayer spaces 
  • testimony 
  • Archdeaconry Youth Games at Brancepeth Castle 
  • a juggler 
  • youth worship groups from around the diocese 
  • a Taize service 
  • Gladiator challenges with ‘Ace’ (Warren Furman) 
  • a party with DJ Sean Pickering in the Monk’s Garden at the Cathedral

Take a look at the image gallery for a taste of what we get up to! 

The most recent event was in October 2021 under the amazing moon in the Cathedral, with a focus on Creation and Climate Justice. You can read the report here

The next event at the Cathedral will be on Sunday 3rd April 7-8.30pm with the theme ‘Secret Church’. What is it like to be a Christian believer in a country where you have to keep your faith secret? Would you be brave enough to take risks simply because you follow Jesus? Come along to the Pulse and be inspired by stories of secret believers and find out how Christians in this country can support believers in parts of the world where being a Christian costs the most. We welcome Naomi Allen, head of youth development at charity Open Doors, to introduce us to Secret Church.

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