9.00am - 5.00pm


9.00am - 5.00pm


12.00pm - 3.00pm


Waiting in the Wings: Advent, Poetry and Faith

The Knights' Chamber
Saturday 3 December 2016 10:00 - 15:30

The Revd Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, will lead a day of reflection at the start of Advent. All are welcome.

This annual reflection day is organised by Churches Together in Central Peterborough and will include both talks and time for personal reflection. It will be based in the newly refurbished Knights' Chamber which is part of the Cathedral's new Visitor and Learning Centre.

About the speaker

Mark Oakley is Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and responsible for the educational and outreach work of the Cathedral including oversight of the St Paul’s Institute, the Adult Learning Department, Schools and Families Learning Department and Visual Arts programme. Born in Shrewsbury in 1968 he has served as Curate of St John’s Wood Church, Chaplain to the Bishop of London, Rector of the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden, Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe and he is also a Deputy in Priest in Ordinary to HM The Queen.  He writes and broadcasts on the areas of poetry, spirituality and human rights.  He is a trustee of the Civil Liberties Trust, an ambassador for Stop Hate UK, patron of Tell MAMA and a Visiting Lecturer at Kings College, London.

Canon Mark is known for his interest in the ways literature and poetry explore theological themes and for his preaching, which is often both entertaining and noticeably rooted in his Anglicanism. Whilst he was at the Actors' Church he was widely appreciated by the theatre community for his understanding and appreciation of its work. His initiative of having a series of sermons which explored plays that were currently showing in London, to which the actors and production team of each play come and take part in conversation, is an example of the way he opened a dialogue between people of faith and the work of the artistic community.

In 2010, the former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, wrote a poem dedicated to Canon Mark entitled "In Winter" and said of him that: "It's extremely unusual to meet ayone who isn't a specialist who has such a subtle feeling for language as he does". Motion has since added that he believes him to be "the best sermoniser I've ever heard. And he's funny, and he knows a lot, and he's lived."


The cost of the reflection day is £5 per person.  Tea and coffee will be served at registration. Please bring a packed lunch.

Spaces are limited so please book to ensure your space is reserved and pay at registration on the day. To book please contact the office at St Mary's Church, Peterborough on 01733 564899 or email