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Peterborough Cathedral to stream NHS Thanksgiving service

On July 5, Peterborough Cathedral will be streaming an online service of Thanksgiving for the NHS to mark the 72nd anniversary of its foundation.
Cathedral entrance
Peterborough Cathedral will be holding a Thanksgiving service for the NHS (Photo: John Baker)

The service will begin at 6pm with participants including some of the Cathedral congregation who work in healthcare. Dr Charlotte Dickens is a GP at Thorpe Road Practice; Dr Janice Allister is a retired GP; and Gloria Nyakageni is a Senior Registered Nurse Specialist.

There will also be a message from the Right Revd Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough, himself a former medical student.

Canon Rowan Williams, the Precentor at the Cathedral who has put together the service, said: “The coronavirus crisis has made us more aware than ever that we all owe something to the NHS – maybe even our own lives, or the life of someone close to us. I saw this at first hand as a care worker, placement student and a hospital chaplain, as well as a patient and the relative of patients: so as well as this being a celebration in which we all share, putting this service together is my own tribute to the patients, staff and relatives whose stories I shared in.”

The Church of England is encouraging churches across the country to use the occasion of the anniversary to give thanks for the NHS and pray for those working in it. Some of the worship resources they have provided are included in this service.

The NHS is inviting the UK to come together at 5pm on Sunday, July 5 to applaud the commitment, courage and sacrifice shown by so many. The hashtag used for social media posts is #ThankYouTogether.

The Cathedral’s short service will be live streamed on their Facebook page at 6pm. It will also be available as a video on YouTube. Find details, including The Order of Service, here.