After a good long sabatical which (no doubt) we all spent fasting and meditating Soul Circus is going to have another go. We have a new venue, the cavenous Great Yarmouth Minster, in which we can explore worship, church, creativity, community and the sacred.
Soul Circus is for people who are looking a different approach to worship. It has elements of "alternative worship" and "fresh expressions" if those are helpful terms and it often involves musical soundscapes, meditation, rituals, interactions and space in which to simply be. We encourage you to come and see the church differently and maybe we'll see ourselves differently.
DUST - March 4th 2018
As a gentle reintroduction, we'll be looking at how we are dust and yet formed into something magnificent before returning to dust. Expect interesting sounds and images, thoughtfulness, contemplation, community and alternative worship. Our new home at Yarmouth Minster is huge and cold, so wrap up warmly. We'll start with coffee at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. All ages welcome, churched and unchurched, confused, confuddled, happy and miserable - everyone is welcome.
Continuing into 2016 Soul Circus will be presenting a monthly event at Norwich Cathedral. The aim is to create a worship service that is rooted in the reality of how we approach life and the divine. Discovering those things that are useful to us, the words that say something about us, the music that expresses our hearts and lifts us and lets us bleed. We want to connect with faith: its relevance, it's purpose, its usefulness in our post-modern, post-church culture. And we want to come together in the shared reassurance and hope of community.
Borders - December 4th 2016
As we recall the Holy Family forced from their home to share in a national census and then fleeing their homeland to find safety in another country, join Soul Circus in exploring the world of borders.
Listen to Marija Vranesevic from Christian Aid's partner organisation in Serbia speak about the continuing refugee crisis in Europe, pray for those who have become refugees and look to Europe for a new home, reflect on our own response and the borders we establish not just around countries and communities but also around our own hearts. God's people are called never to forget their history; a story founded on the experience of being refugees.
Gather at 6pm for refreshments before moving into a time of reflection and worship at 6.30pm.
Whatever your faith journey, refugee or settler, certain or doubtful, all are welcome in this place.
Horror - November 6th 2016
What do we feed on? Are we really alive? Who are we beneath the skin? A post-halloween exploration into the horror of our existence - with coffee and cake starting at 6pm.
It will be completely suitable for children but we will be using some scary (and fun) devices and creating a spooky atmosphere in the haunting environment of the Cathedral.
We start with coffee at 6pm in the South Transept with the event starting at 6.30pm. Lasts for about an hour.
Just to add - this is not a celebration of evil or any other concept that you may attach to "Halloween". We are exploring the light and shade that we all possess in the hope of understanding more of who we are in Christ.
NEXT SOUL CIRCUS - November 6th 2016
Due to the holidays and taking a large part in the Cathedral@night event at the end of September (youth event) our next regular service won't be until the 6th November.
It's important to us that our services don't become casual and off-the-cuff. We want to be extraordinary and that takes time and preparation. We also want to take the time to plan out the year, involve more people and talk about larger themes and ideas. Putting on a service once a month is a no small feat - we need to assess if that's the best schedule and format for us. We will welcome and ask for input in October in the hope of getting together to plan how we move into the future. How we can grow and become a resource for more people. We love doing these services and we need to give them the time they deserve.
We welcome your thoughts and comments as always and stay in touch!
Feast - 3rd July 2016
Imagine - 5th June 2016
Danger - 1st May 2016
Tales of the Unexpected - 3rd April 2016
Community - 6th March 2016
Slumber - 7th February 2016
Future - 6th December 2015
Memory - 1st November 2015
Boundless - 27th September 2015
The Lord's Prayer - 17th May 2015
The Lord’s prayer describes the very essence of our faith and yet so often we mumble it automatically during the course of worship. Through the framework of a multi-sensory Holy Communion Soul Circus offers an opportunity to dwell in The Lord’s Prayer, to see it afresh and contemplate its meaning in our own lives.
Sunday 17th May, 6.30pm but come along early to soak up the atmosphere.
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Masked - Reflections from the service
Masked - 25th January 2015
Taking what we learnt from our "Shared" service we find ourselves looking at the masks we all wear. Do we hide ourselves? Do we hide from ourselves? Are we afraid of what people might see? Are we protecting the world from our inner selves or are we keeping something back that's too precious to share?
Let's explore these things through the Eucharist, through prayer and confession, through music and song. Spend time with us making and exploring masks from 6pm on Sunday 25th January.
Shared - 23rd November 2014
The services will be shaped by those who come along. They will evolve as we discover what worship looks like for us, for these people, for this community.
We hope to bring music, songs, words that help us find our way to the bread and wine.
We will dress the space to engage all our senses, to be other-worldy, to shine alternative lights on our traditions because that expresses part of who we are.
We aim to come together, with all of ourself present and intact, into the love of God and the hope of faith and see where that takes us.
Join us at Norwich Cathedral on Sunday the 23rd November at 6pm.
All are welcome, all ages, faiths and persuasions, come and be part of it.