Lesslie Newbigin Centre Open Lectures 2017

Cripps Auditorium, Magdalene College Cambridge 4 – 5.30 pm

Wednesday 12th July
‘Reformation and the end of Christendom’
Professor Eamon Duffy
Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity, University of Cambridge

Thursday 13th July
‘Rethinking the Church: Lesslie Newbigin and the Household of God’
Dr Rowan Williams
Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury

If you would like to book a place at one or both of these free events please email newbigincentre@gmail.com

Director, Revd Dr Paul Weston

Ridley Hall, Cambridge

Centre Website: www.ridley.cam.ac.uk/centres/newbigin-centre

Newbigin Resources Website: www.newbiginresources.org

Organised in partnership with Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco, USA

Bishop Woodford House Quiet Day: Thy Kingdom Come, Praying the Lord’s Prayer


Thy Kingdom Come and the Lord’s Prayer are not just for Pentecost! Come and share a day of prayer I’m leading that will be based on the one Our Lord himself taught us, at Bishop Woodford House in Ely.

Please book with BWH via bishopwoodfordhouse@gmail.com or 01353 663039. There is a charge of £27 which includes lunch.

Youth Development Worker posts advertised for Hampton (Peterboro’) to work with CSK Church

Romsey Mill, a charity with a Christian ethos, working with young people and families, particularly with those experiencing disadvantage, welcomes applications for two positions:


You will pioneer, develop and deliver Youth Work provision in Hampton, a rapidly growing area in the south of Peterborough, supporting young people (aged 10-21) to overcome challenge, live fulfilling lives and inspire change in the world around them. You will develop and coordinate a team of youth workers and volunteers to deliver detached sessions, one-to-one work, young-people-led group activities, open access youth clubs, school based early intervention and transfer support, alternative education work and residential experiences that enable young people to overcome disadvantage, and develop personal, social and spiritual well-being.  In particular, the work in Hampton is supported by a local church (Christ the Servant King) and the post-holder will be expected to work alongside and direct a youth development worker jointly employed by CSK and Romsey Mill.

3 year fixed term with probable extension

37.5 hrs p/w

Salary range: £21,962 – £24,174

Closing date: 19th July 2017

Interview: 27th July 2017


This is a joint role in partnership with Christ the Servant King (CSK) Peterborough

You will pioneer, engage in, and develop, community based youth activities, alongside the Lead Youth Development Worker, building relationships ‘at risk’ young people (10-21) supporting them to overcome challenges and live fulfilling lives. 

You will provide opportunities for young people to explore, deepen and express their faith within CSK church contributing to Sunday service youth content, bible-based groups and discipleship.  There is an occupational requirement for the post holder to have an active Christian faith. You will encourage and grow a team of volunteers from the church to support the youth work in church and in the wider community.  There is an expectation that the post holder will make CSK their home church.

3 year fixed term with probable extension

37.5 hrs p/w

Salary range: £19,430-£21,268

Closing date: 19th July 2017

Interview:  25th July 2017

Romsey Mill is an Equal Opportunities Employer and this role requires the post holder to have an active Christian faith as an occupational requirement.

Please visit our website to download application packs: http://www.romseymill.org/work-for-us/ or to request a copy, email:  admin@romseymill.org or ring 01223 213162

Send a completed application form with covering letter to:

Diane Hicks, at Romsey Mill, Hemingford, Cambridge CB1 3BZ, or by email to: admin@romseymill.org

Any enquiries about either role, please contact Mike Farrington, Youth Development Team Coordinator, on: mike.farrington@romseymill.org,  or 07789 617522

For more information on CSK church please contact Sylvia Kinder, Vicar, on: vicar@hamptonchurch.co.uk, or 07876204624

Romsey Mill is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

Registered Charity in England and Wales No: 1069905 – Company Limited by Guarantee No: 3556721

A Prayer for Finsbury Park

Lord God, the one God, the one God we worship,
the God who Muslims call Allah and Jesus called Father:
hallowed be your name!
Look with pity on your wounded children at Finsbury Park,
the very streets where my father first played as a child.
May your kingdom of love and mercy reign there now,
your will be done there by people of all faiths and none.
Wipe away the tears that flood our eyes,
bring those in need the help and bread they need this day.
Forgive us for we too, we all have sinned
and have let a spirit grow that knows neither good nor God.
Do not let us be tempted to repay evil with evil
but deliver us from the terror that is amongst us
by your mighty hand:
for the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Finsbury Park 1922

Seven Sisters Road in 1922 when my family were there.

My grandfather Fred, a scientific instrument maker, lived on Rock Street and then above the Lyons Tea Shop on Seven Sisters Road, where my father Ron was born. Both are a minute’s walk from Finsbury Mosque and the Welfare House is just up the road. Now we are all realising, Christians and Muslims, old residents and new, that these are attacks on us all.

Praying for the church

Image result for prayerIt’s great being a bishop: you get prayed for ALL the time. By tradition every eucharist will include a prayer for Stephen and myself. I really feel it, especially at the times when I am in Hot Seat.

Our diocesan prayer calendar had a makeover a wee while ago, under the watchful eye of Rob Taylor, and now it gives you what you need to extend that prayer – to the ministers and people of our local churches, to other churches worldwide, and importantly with a prayer topic about the everyday “ministry” all Christian people have just in getting on with their lives in a good Christian way. You’ll find prayers for each day on the home page of our website at www.elydiocese.org or dig deeper here for a downloadable quarterly booklet that would be good to keep in church and/or give to whoever is leading your intercessions on Sunday, as well as for personal use.

Messy Church Does Science–and it’s launched at Ely Cathedral

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It was great so see my friend “Dr Dave” Gregory (yellow T shirt on left) doing his stuff in the Cathedral this afternoon as we helped launch the new book he’s just edited, “Messy Church Does Science” (available at the Cathedral Bookshop or from BRF here). I got to make the first Bee Hotel, make flames turn different colours using some cool chemicals, create a compass, fold a paper plane and more – all with appropriate teaching points of course.

“Messy” has great reach into our rural areas, but does perhaps sometimes struggle to become “church”. These very thoughtful experiment-based sessions (100 in the book) will be great for evoking awe, stimulating discussion and leading into prayer and worship – church!

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