Cathedral to celebrate Light Project Peterborough's 10th anniversary

Wednesday 29 May

Peterborough Cathedral will be holding a celebration service on Saturday 8th June at 7:30pm to mark the 10th birthday of Light Project Peterborough .

The service will provide the opportunity to hear good news stories from the various programmes Light Project Peterborough is involved with – Across Peterborough, City Centre Chaplaincy, Garden House and Peterborough Winter Night Shelter – with presentations from volunteers involved in these projects.

It was in 2009 that the Revd Chris Duffett felt the call to reach out to people with the good news of Jesus in Peterborough City Centre. Starting with free hugs, water give-outs, settees to sit on, red carpets and a listening ear, Light Project Peterborough came into being. In partnership with Churches Together in Peterborough, this particular ministry – City Centre Chaplaincy – developed, and it is now firmly part of Peterborough life.

Six years later in 2015, Sue and Arnie Hensby started the Peterborough Winter Night Shelter, which has become a huge blessing to the city. In the winter of 2018, 55 homeless people were supported off the streets, with the help of 12 church venues and 371 volunteers.

Garden House – a daytime centre for rough sleepers – was then opened in October 2018 (in partnership with Peterborough Cathedral and Peterborough City Council). This centre now provides support six days a week, including a GP, drug/substance misuse services, job search assistance, hairdressing, chiropody, art therapy, prayer and much more. Garden House was also visited by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, in April 2019, who spent an hour meeting some of the guests and volunteers there.

The service will be a truly wonderful celebration – all are welcome to come along!

For more information regarding Light Project Peterborough, visit

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