“St Clare’s is a church like no other I have yet found. It is a place where I find fellowship, community, and home. For me it is a place where I can live and be celebrated and loved in all my fragile wholeness. The way in which we ‘do’ church allows me to practice my faith in a way that feels wholly authentic to me. I have grow so much closer to God and his people through and with St Clare’s community. I look forward to what comes next ….”
At St Clare’s we have three values. We try to make sure that everything we do is OPEN, GENEROUS and SIMPLE.
But you might want to know more, so here’s a bit about who we are…
We are SMALL. There are about 25 people who would say that they are part of St Clare’s community. There’s no formal membership though, you just come along on a Sunday and get to know us and be part of us.
We are ANGLICAN. St Clare’s is part of the Church of England, but our community includes people from other churches, and anyone is welcome to come and join of us on our journey, from any faith background or none.
We are DIVERSE. St Clare’s community includes people from a wide range of ethic and social backgrounds, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and neurodiversity.
We are YOUNG. There are people of every age at St Clare’s but the majority of our community are under 40 years old.
We are CHILDREN… well some of us. Our community includes children of all ages. Some of our Sunday services have a particular appeal to our younger members (click here for details of upcoming services), but all ages are welcome at all our gatherings.
We are IMPERFECT. None of us at St Clare’s thinks we have all the answers, or gets it right all the time. But by God’s grace we are trying together to walk towards healing and wholeness and deeper understanding of one another.
And most importantly…
We are SEEKING to know more what it means to follow Christ and to grow his kingdom in our lives and in the places we work and study and live.
You are WELCOME to come along and get to know us and see if St Clare’s might be the place for you.
If you want to know a bit more about how people have found themselves as part of St Clare’s, then have a read of these blog posts: I came back to God in a wetsuit and A Story of Coming and Going, led by Angels.
The St Clare’s Community meets for worship every Sunday at 12.00 pm.
The service is a simple 45 minute communion service. We share bread and wine, look at the bible together and think about what God is doing in our lives. There are opportunities for everyone to participate if they want to, but nobody has to.
After the service, those who are able to stay to share a simple lunch together of bread, soup and cheese.
You are welcome to just come along, or if you prefer, you can get in touch for a chat beforehand, or pop into the shop during the week.
For details of upcoming services, click here.
The Revd Charlotte Gale and The Revd Naomi Nixon are the two ordained ministers at St Clare’s at the Cathedral. Between them they have over thirty years experience of ministry, and love being part of St Clare’s.
You will find Charlotte at St Clare’s most days (except on Mondays) between 11 am and 4 pm, and she is always happy to chat to people about St Clare’s (or anything else really…) over a cup of coffee.
Naomi has another job during the week but she and Charlotte minister at St Clare’s together and are both there on Sundays.
Word & Presence
This happens from time to time on a Wednesday evening, from 6.00 – 6.45 pm.
We spend just 45 minutes of time reflecting on the bible and then spending some time in quiet. All welcome.
Click here for details of our upcoming services.
Be Part of St Clare’s
If you think this might be the church for you and you’d like to help us as we get started just comment on any of the posts and say so, or send a message through our contact page. Or come along and join us for worship on a Sunday or pop into the shop for a chat.