The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, and City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby have officially opened Cathedral Gardens at the start of ‘Garden of Life’.
Hundreds of visitors spent time in the gardens and were entertained with music, dance and magic. In St Martins House there was a learning zone with topics as diverse as discipleship and ‘What Richard III has to do with me’, and in the Cathedral different kinds of Christian prayer were introduced, as well as ‘spiritual MOTs’ being offered, and a 24/7 prayer space.
The day culminated with 8 baptisms and 11 confirmations, a service of joy and celebration as new Christians were welcomed into the way of Jesus Christ, a step vividly marked by full immersion baptism as they died to an old way of life and rose to new life in Christ. The warmth, welcome and witness evidenced throughout the day spoke of an open, confident and hospitable Church and it was a superb beginning to the new site, which will provide all sorts of possibilities in the future.