We’re looking for a way in. ‘Round that way, I think,’ says my friend. And, as we walk to the glass doors, they swing open automatically to allow us to enter. Even the doors are ready. It’s such a surprise, such a contrast with pushing open heavy doors, or indeed finding a locked door, that we go back through and do it again, just for fun.
Not far behind us is a woman who looks as if she may be homeless. She’s clearly a regular, making for a cleric in a far corner who is quietly serving coffee from an urn. They have a chat and she takes her coffee to a bench outside.
Bouquets of lilies left over from Easter assail the senses. By the ever-ready doors are leaflets for the coffee in the cathedral, a wine tasting and a performance of the Magnificat. There’s also free wi-fi. Everyone is catered for here.
And it’s that sense of welcome, readiness and something-for-everyoneness, that is currently being conveyed through the cathedral’s social media.
Six months ago, mum-of-two Claire Snewin was simply a member of the congregation. Then, staff heard about her digital skills and today she leads a social media team, posting daily news and pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.