Spirit in the City 2016 

‘Spirit in the City is a celebration of Christian faith in the heart of London, organised by Catholic communities in the West End. The annual festival aims to share the Good News of Christianity, and welcomes people of all faiths, ages and walks of life in the middle of the entertainment district. It gives an opportunity to raise deeper questions about life. We are all searching for new ways to connect with God and others around us. The events feature live music, workshops, talks, opportunities for prayer, reflection and reconciliation.’ 
Listening to the music 
The prayer tent 
This is the official description of this annual event which took place in Leicester Square and the nearby Notre Dame church from 2-4 June. I was privileged to be a part of this celebration for the day on the Saturday. Although the forecast was not quite accurate it was a lovely dry, though overcast, day which meant that the conversations and interactions mostly took place outside, sitting on a bench or the grass or standing around in a beautiful square in the heart of London. 
One of the bands 
There were young and not so young people there as volunteers wanting to share their faith with passers–by but there were also those taking time to pray with those in need, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and prayer and music before the Blessed Sacrament. The stage in the corner was a wonderful place to meet and chat as well as listen to some joyful singing and performing from a range of groups and individuals. 
The workshop tent 
 
On a personal level it also gave me an opportunity to spend some quality time with two women, who are based in London and are discerning their vocation. To be in the presence of so many people wanting and willing to share their faith with others was inspirational and an experience not to be missed. 
Opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation 
 
Notre Dame de France church 
The day's programme