C3 is made up of members of the cathedral congregation working under the direction of the Parochial Church Council and whose aim is to demonstrate Ripon Cathedral’s commitment in building God’s Kingdom through prayer and deed.
We provide practical help with fund raising, publicity and awareness raising. The Cathedral has hosted special services, exhibitions and events in aid of our partners. We regularly collect food and clothing to donate. We have worked with our partners in local schools, in community events, in arranging Diocesan training. We have welcomed our partners and the people they serve into our community, and we have gone out to work in their centres.
Most importantly, we hold our partners in regular prayer.
Ripon has a long history as a place of sanctuary, and our goal is to help continue that. In 937, King Athelstan created a ring of sanctuary around Ripon by placing eight crosses on the roads approaching the city, with the cathedral at the centre. Only one of these now remains but you can still follow the Sanctuary Way Walk around the city.
Ripon City of Sanctuary was established much more recently, in 2015, but we are proud to continue the idea of sanctuary in our city. As part of the national network of City of Sanctuary groups, we help to promote a culture of welcome for asylum-seekers and refugees both within our area and nationally.