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Speed dating by candelight
Coventry Cathedral

On February 11th, just before Valentine's Day, Christian Connection took part in a very special event at Coventry Cathedral. It involved speed dating, candlelit tours of the Cathedral, accompanied by classical music on the cello and organ.

The idea for the event came late last year, from Anna Shepherd, responsible for marketing and events at the Cathedral, and Christian Connection were only too happy to take up the challenge. Having run speed dating in bars, pubs and Christian Festivals, a Cathedral presented an exciting new challenge for us.

It was a unique occasion. About 80 people came for the event, mainly from the Midlands area but a few from further afield . The Cathedral looked beautiful by candlelight as it does by day. There were lots of volunteers helping with the drinks and various musicians provided a backdrop of music. The Dean, the Reverend John Irvine, welcomed the participants and led us in prayer, and then the speed dating began.

There was, of course, a break for drinks and snacks to allow people their breath back, with wonderful music in the background and the haunting beauty of the Cathedral. After the speed dating ended, people went on tours of the Cathedral by candlelight. The history of the Cathedral, particularly the response to the tragic bombing of the city and the Cathedral in 1940, and the rebuilding, regeneration and reconciliation was very inspiring.

In the five years since we launched Christian Connection, this was the first time that we were invited to take part in such a setting - it felt like a real signal that churches and Cathedrals can become a place where single people in the Church can be welcomed and affirmed. There was a widespread press coverage about the event, both locally in Coventry but also in the Church Times and Premier Radio.

We want to thank everybody at Coventry Cathedral who worked so very hard in publicising, arranging and working at the event to make it such a success. We really appreciated the vision and hard work that went into it.

Here are a few of the comments we had:

"Many thanks for organising a wonderful evening. Gorgeous setting for the whole thing and so well organised."

"thank you for organising a fun night out on Saturday in Coventry Cathedral."

"Thank you and may i say it ws a fab nite"

Below are some pictures of the event.

Coventry Cathedral Speed Dating
The Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral Speed Dating
Early mingling
Coventry Cathedral Speed Dating
More mingling
Coventry Cathedral Speed Dating
The cellist at work
Coventry Cathedral Speed Dating
The business of Speed Dating
Coventry Cathedral Speed Dating
And more
Coventry Cathedral Speed Dating
Coventry Cathedral Speed Dating
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