The Parish Cathedral
Ripon Cathedral is unusual because, unlike most of the Cathedrals in England, it is also a vibrant Parish Church serving that area of Ripon bounded by the rivers Ure and Skell. As well as regular Sunday worship, there are daily services during the week and a variety of groups which meet together to learn more about the Christian faith; to share interests or serve others. Details of these can be found below. People who live in the Cathedral’s Parish (to find out if you do use the website A Church Near You – see link below) are one of our special concerns. We are delighted to baptize you or your children and/or to conduct your wedding and privileged to conduct funerals for your family or friends.
Because the Cathedral is a Parish Church, it has its own PCC (Parochial Church Council), which is a group elected from those on the electoral roll of the parish.
Parish Discussion Group (PEGS)
PEGS – The Parish Discussion Group aims to stimulate debate and deepen reflection on matters of faith, life and social concerns. It offers a mutually supportive and open environment where people are free to ask questions and explore ideas.
Meetings of PEGS are open to all, whether members of the Cathedral community or not. Please contact the Cathedral Office for details of forthcoming meetings.
Food Bank & Parish Lunch
A very effective local Food Bank, operated by the Salvation Army, offers support but also works with clients to help them access long term support. We direct people in need to it and provide a food donation collection point for non-perishable items. We also offer a Parish Lunch in Ripon Cathedral Hall (High St Agnesgate) on the 3rd Saturday of each month, starting at 12 noon. Just come along if you would like a tasty lunch in good company.
The Mother's Union
The Mothers’ Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide. For all its 4 million members, what Mothers’ Union provides is a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community – through prayer, financial support and actively working at the grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs.
Each Sunday morning, our children begin their worship with the rest of the congregation and then continue their worship, following the same theme in Children’s Church. They return to share Holy Communion with the rest of our church family, often bringing along things they have made, or their insights about what we have all been learning about during the service.