In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Ann James, one of our Prayer Ministry team.
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.
Each Saturday of the year, we will be sharing a different story here and across our social media.
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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?
David and I are members of the Sunday 10.00 Choral Eucharist congregation and are on the Prayer Ministry team. We’ve also joined the Friends and valued being part of the group who read through Mark’s Gospel in Lent.
How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?
We came to the Epiphany Eucharist in 2016, a month after we retired and haven’t looked back!
What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?
Having spent 45 years in active parish ministry, 28 of which were in East Bristol, we felt we needed a complete change. The Cathedral has provided that over and over again. The welcome at the door is very important. I am vision impaired so the provision of large print hymn books and other material is really valuable in my involvement with the worship.
What have been some of your personal highlights?
I enjoy the high standard of worship, especially the continuity at Christmas and Easter, and being part of a genuinely welcoming and inclusive community. I value being involved in the Prayer Ministry Team – an integral but somewhat hidden part of Cathedral life, The ‘big occasions’, of course, speak for themselves.
What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?
Without compromising the quality of worship, fostering strong links with City and community life . Within the cathedral itself, encouraging communication between the Chapter and congregation, of which the Community meetings are an important part. Continuing effective pastoral care for us all.
What does the Cathedral mean for you?
It’s a ‘safe place’ where I can develop the skills that I hope I learned in the parish in an informal way. I enjoy meeting such a wide diversity of people. I hope that a ‘listening ear’ can offer some support in people’s complex lives.