In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Jane English, one of our Sunday School leaders.
In this centenary year of women's suffrage, we are celebrating the women who play important roles in the daily life of the Cathedral community.
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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?
I have been one of the Sunday School leaders since 2001 and, until recently, I directed Bristol Voices children’s choir.
How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?
Seventeen years – since I moved to Bristol.
What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?
Having been brought up in a family that was very active in church music, it seemed a good place to start when I first arrived. I enjoyed the liturgy as well as the music and never moved on!
What have been some of your personal highlights?
Watching an enormous ‘puppet’ whale make its progress down the centre aisle during the first ‘Messy Cathedral’ event, having seen the building ‘buzzing’ with activity all morning. Singing Bach’s ‘St John Passion’ on Good Friday. The development of the Family Carol Service from very humble beginnings into the event it is now.
What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?
The work done with young people through Cathedral Kids on Sundays and the Education programme is great for children up to the end of primary school. However, it is a shame that it appears to stop there. I would like to see further development to support children more directly them as they move onto secondary school and become young adults. These individuals are the church of the future.
What does the Cathedral mean for you?
It’s my spiritual home and family. I have made many good friends here, and been supported through life events – both good and bad. It is a haven of peace to ‘put the pieces back together’ after a hectic week, ready for the week to come.