After the evening event on Friday, the NAC Ultreya Delivery Team were up bright and early on Saturday to set up the cathedral ready to welcome our guests, some of whom had travelled considerable distances to join us. Teams were out on the approaches to the cathedral to direct visitors to the right place and the car park attendants were in place to direct those arriving by car. In the South Transept, teams were busy setting up the Registration and the welcome drinks tables. Welcomers were on hand to offer advice and of course greet old friends and newcomers to a “National”.
Shortly before our advertised opening time of 9 am visitors began to arrive and the teams were kept busy booking in car parking, making and serving the hot and cold drinks and registering our visitors. The goody bags were handed out and proved most welcome with their wealth of local advice about lunch possibilities, palanca, and of course the carefully prepared service booklet. Visitors had an opportunity to meet up with old and new friends from the UK Cursillo 4th Day Community. Diocesan banners were on display in the Ambulatory and proved of interest to the many members of the public who were visiting the cathedral at the time.
The morning session was devoted to the “Ultreya” proper and was opened with a welcome by National President Beth Roberts. NAC Lay Director Barbara Harrold directed the proceedings which included a witness talk by East Area rep. and member of NAC 4th Day Community, Jeanie Feneron. National Spiritual Director Revd Stephen Bowring responded to the witness talk. Those gathered then broke into small groups for floating group reunions before hearing an inspiring testimony in song and speech from Jane and Nick Moore. The morning session concluded with an introduction to Ultreya GB 2022 by Dee Davies, LD of London Diocese, who, jointly with Southwark are to host next year’s event.
To be continued………….