Welcome to the Community of St Cuthbert
Rev Dr Richard Briggs
Prior of the
Community of St Cuthbert
I am delighted to welcome you to the adventure of being part of the Community of St Cuthbert. Our community is about living out our Christian faith together, as we grow in knowing and trusting our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a journey for all of us – young and old, beginners or experienced in the Christian life.
Based at St Nic’s Church, Durham, the Community of St Cuthbert is about loving God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and living our lives in step with the rhythms of God’s grace.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
-Words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (11:29)
the Message translation
We follow in the steps of St Cuthbert, the 7th century Bishop of Lindisfarne, who lived a life deeply rooted in God, both personally and with others, and sought a life of service that embodied God’s life-giving justice for all.
So we meet in Spiritual Growth Groups (SGGs) and seek to keep in step with 7 key rhythms of God’s grace, in:
prayer and Bible study
worship and hospitality
service through justice and witness
and celebrating God’s regular gift of rest
The Community of St Cuthbert was launched in 2020. You can read more about it below and in the series of study guides that we have created for our community. I hope you will find Spiritual Growth Groups an exciting and rewarding part of the life of our church. Please do get in touch if you have questions, as we develop our Community and its resources through 2021. If you are not in a group and would like to join one or find out more then we would love to hear from you!
You can contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhythms of Grace
Resolve to pray each day.
Spend time with God in prayer, listening to God as well as speaking to Him. Pray for at least ten minutes each morning or evening.
What Happens when a Group meets?
We pray, study, and encourage one another. We share hospitality. There is a Bible passage to focus on. We often use Community of St Cuthbert study notes. Each group member in turn is given an opportunity to speak honestly about an aspect of their current Christian journey. We include silent reflection and time for encouragement. Groups can develop an element of accountability to help actively support each other in discipleship.
How Often do Groups Meet?
We encourage short, regular meetings – e.g. one hour a week. But it depends on the group. The important thing is that people commit to turn up to support one another and make every effort to attend.