Trying life as a monk at Sunderland church

Freddie Barnes (9), Fr George Guiver, Ammi Hunt (10), Louisa Bradshaw (10), Br Philip Nichols
Freddie Barnes (9), Fr George Guiver, Ammi Hunt (10), Louisa Bradshaw (10), Br Philip Nichols
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WEARSIDERS have been given the chance to experience the life of a modern-day monk.

St Peter’s Church Monkwearmouth, which has been a place of Christian worship since 674 AD, held a Monastic Experience day on Saturday as part of its celebrations surrounding Benedict Biscop, the Patron Saint of Sunderland and founder of the original monastery.

Led by Father George Guiver and Brother Philip Nichols of the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield near Huddersfield, the day included monastic-style worship, a silent lunch and talks on what it is like to be a monk in modern Britain in comparison to their First Century counterparts.

Assistant Curate Rev Paul Child said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for people to experience a different, and to some unusual, way of life.

“St Peter’s, with its iconic status and rich monastic heritage, is the perfect place to come and discover more about those who devote their lives to Christ in such a dramatic way.”

Father George added: “The treasures of monastic life are for everybody and all ages, because it’s simply about living the gospel.

“We are no different, we just do it in a particular way.

“The programme was designed to teach something about monastic life, to show that it has got things in it for everyone that can help people live the Christian faith in times when it’s a challenge.

“It also gives people a little bit of an experience of what our life is like.”