Having Your Say
Thanks to a lively discussion, we have some great ideas for the future and how we can add to our existing activities. These will be reported on the Action Plan page,
We now have a treasurer, Michael McElroy (- many thanks Michael!) and a convenor, Peter Berners-Lee.
This website is being revamped to give it a cleaner, fresher design. Not all the old content has been transferred over yet, but it will be in the next few days!
Please find below details of four Ecumenical Services that are to be held during the next few months.
Women’s World Day of Prayer.
There are two services offered this year on Friday 2nd March. The first will take place at 10.30 am at St. Leonard’s Church, Sandridge and the second at 2.30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church, Watling Street. There will be no evening service in the Town.
Each year the Service is devised by the Women of a particular country. This year it comes from the Women of Suriname with the title, ‘All God’s Creation is Very Good’, and has an emphasis of Ecology, the Environment and Sustainability.
Despite the title this Service is open to men and women, young and older. A Wave of Prayer encircles the World as this Service is held at the first point on earth where the Sun rises, moving on towards the last place that the sun sets that same day. You are invited to be part of this Wave of Prayer
PLEASE NOTE that, this year notification has been circulated in the UK of opinions being sought from all areas as to whether the name should now be changed, in line with the majority of the world, and become the ‘World Day of Prayer’. The name as it stands can be off-putting to some and seems old-fashioned to others, along with the thought that the organisation is too exclusive. However there is also a school of thought which fears that the ethos of the service written and organised by Women may be changed dramatically if it were universally organised, and that there is something unique that happens when groups of either men or women organise and construct something, and this need not necessarily be bad. Please let me know your thoughts on this.
Unity At The Cross.
This is one occasion at a Major Church Festival where one of our member churches organises a Service on behalf of us all. We have an opportunity to come together at the foot of The Cross to celebrate our Unity in Christ, won for us on the Cross. After what has been for many of us a long and busy day, this service offers an opportunity for rest, meditation and joint worship offered by others in the ancient setting of the Cathedral an Abbey Church dedicated to the Martyr after which our City was named. The Service will begin at 8.00 pm and lasts approximately one hour.
Prior to the Service some of the faithful meet at SS Alban and Stephen’s church in Beaconsfield Road. At 7.15 they will witness to their faith by walking behind a large, wooden Cross which will become the centrepiece of the following Service. Others will arrive at the Abbey where they will await the arrival of the Walk of Witness. Whether you join the Walk or come straight to the Abbey you are warmly invited to join us.