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12-hour Norwich Cathedral lock-in gives young people the chance to question their faith

PUBLISHED: 18:39 17 September 2018

The 2016 Cathedral@Night event featured live music, sports, pamper sessions and group worship. Photo: Norwich Dioces

The 2016 Cathedral@Night event featured live music, sports, pamper sessions and group worship. Photo: Norwich Dioces

Norwich Dioces

Norwich Cathedral is giving young people the chance to explore questions about religion and faith.

The 2016 Cathedral@Night event featured live music, sports, pamper sessions and group worship. Photo: Norwich DiocesThe 2016 Cathedral@Night event featured live music, sports, pamper sessions and group worship. Photo: Norwich Dioces

Two years after their first Cathedral@night event, it will host a 12-hour lock-in event to give youngsters the chance to explore their religious identity and share their experiences of faith.

Hundreds of young people aged 10-17 are expected to attend the event on Friday, October 5, running from 7pm until 7am.

Jonathan Richardson, Children Youth and Families development officer for the diocese, said: “With the increasing secularisation of society young people have less opportunities to explore questions of faith - it is not so much them choosing not to identify as Christian as them not having the opportunities to explore faith in order to choose to identify.

“Young people are also more nuanced in how they describe themselves - saying you are a Christian because of where you live or what your parents believe is not good enough - they want to decide for themselves.”

The event will see Norwich Cathedral “spectacularly transformed” with atmostpheric lighting and divided into “zones” for different activities.

Highlights include a 12-hour continuous climbing challenge on the nave climbing wall, live music, pampering sessions, various sports activities and a midnight ceilidh.

A pop up café will be serving refreshments throughout the night and the event will conclude with a breakfast served ‘feeding of the 5000’ style and a final gathering in the Nave.

Mr Richarson said the event was not about convincing more young people to attend church services, but rather facilitating friendships within the diocese and giving smaller, isolated groups the chance to feel part of a family.

He added: “It’s fascinating how the atmosphere in the cathedral changes throughout the night – I won’t forget the experience of being in the cloisters watching the sun come at 5:30am.”

Those wanting to attend the event are encouraged to book as a group with an accompanying adult.

The night costs £10 per young person and includes breakfast, with free admission for all accompanying youth leaders.

Book tickets here.

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