Are You Interested in joining our Community?
Joining any new church for the first time can be a daunting experience, and particularly in such a grand setting as Newport Cathedral. Maybe you haven’t attended a Christian service for a while and feel disheartened. Perhaps you are interested in coming again but feel overwhelmed. Plucking up the courage to attend one of the Cathedral services is an ideal way to start. You can be assured of one thing, and that is the support provided by existing members, not only through liturgy, worship, social events, care groups, but simply through being with like-minded people.
Attending services at the Cathedral is a learning experience. A ready smile, a warm hand-shake and spiritual fellowship with one another are just as important. Keep an open mind and an open heart.
There are many ways to become part of the busy Cathedral community and many opportunities to engage in the round of social activities it offers. There is something here for everyone.
As followers of Jesus Christ Cathedral members use their many talents and gifts in a community of love and service to one another, responding with compassion to both the spiritual and corporal needs of others. They share in the love of Jesus Christ through baptism and commitment to the values expressed in the Gospel.
If you would like to know more about joining the Cathedral and/or volunteering then please get in touch.
Questions You May Have
What to expect
If you are visiting for the first time to join in, or just sit in a service you may be anxious. Welcomers are often present at the west end of the Cathedral and can help if needed.
What is Sunday service like?
This is best experienced by coming along and joining one of our services, or even just sit and watch. There will be plenty of help available from our volunteers and clergy for new members. If you prefer to sit quietly and privately, that will always be respected.
The Sunday morning 10.30 Service is the most popular. You’re welcome to join us for tea or coffee after the Service.
What time should I arrive for a Service?
On Sundays there is an 8 am Holy Eucharist service (said service). There is also the 10.30am Sung Eucharist service. There is a Choral Evensong service at 5 pm. Most people will come along 10 or 15 minutes ahead of the Service time, to settle in and maybe absorb the atmosphere. But all are welcome at any time – you’ll not be turned away, whenever you arrive!
What should I wear?
Anything comfortable. Whatever you might feel suitable in a mixed gathering of very ordinary people!
Do I need to bring anything with me?
No. But many would say that that coming with an open mind and an open heart is easily the way to get the best from the Service.
What about children?
Children will always be very welcome in the Cathedral. Some children are prepared to sit through the whole of the Service, while others may prefer (or their parents may prefer!) to join in with the very informal Sunday School. The Sunday School meets regularly, during school terms, in the hall during the 10.30am Sunday Choral Eucharist. If in doubt, please speak to the Churchwardens.
How to get here and parking
Parking is available on Stow Hill alongside the Cathedral, or in surrounding streets, and is seldom a problem on a Sunday.
Set your SatnNav: NP20 4ED. Street Number 105.
How to find the Cathedral
Newport Cathedral is located at 105 Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 4ED. Major nearby buildings include St Woolos Hospital. Google Maps is an excellent online resource for finding the Cathedral. Maps are also available on our site’s contact page and visitor information page.
Are there Disabled facilities?
There are disabled facilities – there is a side entrance for those accessing the Cathedral itself, as well as a ramp to the toilets on the lower floor. If in any doubt, please speak to the Administrator, Churchwardens or Verger. For events at the Cathedral, it can be arranged to reserve a parking space at the side entrance – speak to the Administrator or Verger about this.
How do I volunteer?
While many people simply attend the Cathedral as ‘their church’, some who may be new to the Cathedral, or ‘old hands’, may offer their help as Volunteers. Your skills or strengths will always be welcome and put to good use. Even an extra pair of hands can be most welcome at times. Please talk to the Dean or the Churchwardens if you are interested in contributing to the life of the Cathedral.