Grants from Hymns Ancient & Modern

These days, Hymns A&M write, is no longer just about hymn books – though that of course remains a very important area for us. “We are a modern, forward looking organisation still actively pursuing ‘the advancement and promotion of religion’ in all its business and charitable work.”

Institutional Grant

Surplus funds from our businesses are donated via Grants each year to dozens of organisations around the UK. These include a wide variety of projects, big and small, from schools, churches, colleges – all of which meet the criteria we have for a grant.

The objectives of the charity are:

  • to promote the advancement of religion;

  • to establish and support or aid in the establishment and support of any Charitable Corporation, Association, Institution, College, School,   Society or Body whatsoever which in the opinion of the Association is connected with the work of the Church of England or any Church in   communion with it, and to subscribe and guarantee money for any such charitable purpose;

  • to aid and support any Charitable Corporation, Association, Institution, College, School, Society or Body which may not be in a direct relationship with the Church of England as aforesaid but whose aims and objects are, in the opinion of the Association, such as a Church of England organisation could properly aid and support.

Hymnbook Grant

In order to make certain Hymns Ancient & Modern and Canterbury Press hymn and service books available at the lowest possible cost to parishes, schools, chapels, and others, the Council of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd may make a grant based on 25% of the books ordered, subject to a minimum of 20 copies (in any combination of editions). The grant is given in free books – for example, if you order 100 copies of Ancient & Modern Words Edition you pay for only 75.

For more information and to apply for the grant download the PDF application form or go to to complete the form online.

Three things to do for Lent – as I write – is Ash Wednesday. Once again, with Christmas behind us, we turn towards Easter and turn again to Christ our crucified and risen Saviour. Many of us will go to church to receive his sign, the sign of the Cross, in ash our foreheads as a powerful symbol of that turning to him. And our journey into his new life, not just ordinary life shined up but life in all its fullness, begins again, and we pray that as the world around us wakens into spring, so we too will spring up in the power of God’s Spirit to be a generous and visible people fully alive in Jesus Christ our Lord.

“Keeping Lent” is an ancient part of our discipleship as Christians. There are no rules! But one way to have a balanced diet which I’ll be using, and which has more bite to it than giving up chocolate or alcohol (though I’ll be aiming at those as well), is to commit for Lent to taking up three things:
one to help you engage practically with the needs of others
– one to help you grow in thoughtfulness as disciples, and
– one to help you deepen your prayer life and spirit

Those three words (engage, deepen and grow), linked here with body, mind and spirit, are of course at the heart of our diocesan strategy, so this isn’t something in which we have to go it alone. I’ll try and remember to blog a bit about how I’m getting on, and perhaps you will find it helpful to share your journey with a few friends too.

Here is a short form of prayer that you might like to use together:

Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life, and life in all its fulness.”
We believe that we are called to be
generous and visible people of Jesus Christ, fully alive in Him,
discovering together his transforming presence
in our lives and in every community.

So in Jesus Christ we pray:
Inspire us to engage fully and courageously with the needs of our communities, locally and globally
Lord of our journey, Hear our prayer
Enable us to grow God’s church by finding disciples and nurturing leaders
Lord of our journey, Hear our prayer
Encourage us to deepen our commitment to God through word, worship and prayer.
Lord of our journey
Hear our prayer

We praise and thank you, God of the journey,
For all your gifts to us in the past.
We look to you as fellow-traveller and faithful companion on the way ahead.
Shelter and protect us from all harm and anxiety;
Give us grace to let go of all that holds us back;
And grant us courage to meet the new life you have promised us
In Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Don’t miss this unique opportunity – new awards programme launched for congregations in England!
Bids open today, February 4th, for the innovative ‘Scientists in Congregations’ scheme. We are inviting churches across England to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects fostering a better understanding of the interrelationship of science and religion.

This scheme is designed to bring the conversation about science and theology into the learning and worshipping lives of congregations. We are looking for creative and context-friendly proposals that could be valuable for large or small congregations, all-age or for specific groups, in rural as well as urban areas as well as groups of churches.

‘Scientists in Congregations’ England is not only designed to equip church members better to engage with today’s big religion-science questions, we also envisage many projects having a wider reach to those in the surrounding community who do not usually attend church.

For more details on the project criteria please click here and for the downloadable application form click here.

Nigel Cooper on Ecosystem Services

Congratulations to Nigel Cooper, Chaplain at ARU, for being one of the “world;s leading authorities” contributing to the Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services ed Marion Potschin, Roy Haines-Young, Robert Fish, R. Kerry Turner: ISBN 9781138025080; £135 but 20% discount with code DC361

About the Book

The idea that nature provides services to people is one of the most powerful concepts to have emerged over the last two decades. It is shaping our understanding of the role that biodiverse ecosystems play in the environment and their benefits for humankind. As a result, there is a growing interest in operational and methodological issues surrounding ecosystem services amongst environmental managers, and many institutions are now developing teaching programmes to equip the next generation with the skills needed to apply the concepts more effectively.

This handbook provides a comprehensive reference text on ecosystem services, integrating natural and social science (including economics). Collectively the chapters, written by the world’s leading authorities, demonstrate the importance of biodiversity for people, policy and practice. They also show how the value of ecosystems to society can be expressed in monetary and non-monetary terms, so that the environment can be better taken into account in decision making. The significance of the ecosystem service paradigm is that it helps us redefine and better communicate the relationships between people and nature. It is shown how these are essential to resolving challenges such as sustainable development and poverty reduction, and the creation of a green economy in developing and developed world contexts.

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New Parish Nurse commissioned at Balsham for the “Seven Parishes”

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Congratulations to Teresa Latimier, our newest Parish Nurse in the Diocese of Ely, whom I commissioned this morning at Balsham. That’s her on your right in the first photo above, with Regional PN co-ordinator Claire Gillett and local Priest in Charge Dr Julie Norris – along with a selection of locals past and present. (The new benefice choir was also on parade.)

We celebrated Candlemas together, sending everyone out with a candle to keep lit at home as a sign of our shared commitment to take light and life into our localities, not just through the PN project but through the life and work of each one of us.

I was asked to put my sermons script up, but was speaking from notes, so I hope these help (look below the “fold” to find them):

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The Wise Learn by Doing

The Wise Learn by Doing

It’s very good indeed to have Sig’s reflections here both in summary and on film. Grammar and the arts have been a big part of my own academic study and working with Sig and the Ordered Universe project have helped me crystallize for myself the essential relationship between the study of the arts – the whole business of “a liberal education” – and the restoration within God’s purpose of the world to his intended order. Three cheers for a non-utilitarian philosophy and purpose of education.

The Ordered Universe Project

The purpose and point of learning were questions that kept Grosseteste awake at night and dominate his surviving writings. From the treatise on the liberal arts, the first paragraph of which stresses the place of the arts in leading human operations to perfection by correcting the, to the sermons, dicta and later theological writings, the ends to which learning are directed are never far from the surface of Grosseteste’s thought. In this he was hardly unique, although his questions and reflections provoke particular interest. As Sigbjørn Sønnesyn showed in his fascinating seminar to the Durham Medieval Thought Seminar, the ways in which twelfth century western thinkers raised questions on the purpose of learning were connected intimately to their knowledge of and engagement with ancient models and lived practice and experience in community. Aristotle, Augustine and the author known as Pseudo-Dionysius are amongst the most dominant of classical and patristic authors for the…

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