Wolfson Foundation Grants – well done to Wilburton Church which scoops £5000

Grants for repair work to the historic fabric of these churches (all listed Grade I or II*) were made via the Church Buildings Council for the coming year:
Appleby Magna (St Michael), Leicestershire £5,000
Arundel (St Nicholas), West Sussex £5,000
Billingsley (St Mary), Salop £5,000
Bolton-on-Swale (St Mary), North Yorkshire £5,000
Brize Norton (St Britius), Oxfordshire £5,000
Broseley (All Saints), Salop £5,000
Chevening (St Botolph), Kent £5,000
Cransley (St Andrew), Northamptonshire £5,000
Creggan (Creggan), Co Armagh £5,000
East Barkwith (St Mary), Lincolnshire £5,000
Eyeworth, (All Saints), Bedfordshire £5,000
Fawley (St Mary), Buckinghamshire £5,000
Great Chart (St Mary), Kent £5,000
Haverfordwest (St Mary), Dyfed £5,000
High Wycombe (All Saints), Buckinghamshire £5,000
Jacobstow (St James), Cornwall £5,000
Kentisbury (St Thomas), Devon £5,000
Little Compton (St Denys), Warwickshire £5,000
Little Wittenham (St Peter), Oxfordshire £5,000
Llanbadoc (St Madoc), Gwent £5,000
Meeth (St Michael & All Angels), Devon £5,000
Melbury Bubb (St Mary), Dorset £5,000
Monks Kirby (St Edith), Warwickshire £5,000
Moreton Corbett (St Bartholomew), Salop £5,000
North Stoke (St Martin), Somerset £5,000
Pulham Market (St Mary Magdalene), Norfolk £5,000
Sprotborough (St Mary), South Yorkshire £5,000
St Buryan (St Buryan), Cornwall £5,000
St Mellons (St Mellon), South Glamorgan £5,000
Stanton Lacy (St Peter) Salop £5,000
Stithians (St Stythians), Cornwall £5,000
Theydon Garnon (All Saints), Essex £5,000
Timberscombe (St Petrock), Somerset £5,000
Tuddenham (St Mary), Suffolk £5,000
Westerleigh (St James the Great), Gloucestershire £5,000
Wilburton (St Peter), Cambridgeshire £5,000
Woodbridge (St Mary), Suffolk £5,000
Cranwell (St Andrew), Lincolnshire £4,000
Naunton (St Andrew), Gloucestershire £1,000

The Leys School. Cambridge was also awarded £40,000 for equipment, and the University of Cambridge a magnificent £1 million for the First floor of new Centre for Experimental Astrophysics.


Episteme: journal articles on line


Read the Editor’s pick of archive content online for FREE

New to Cambridge in 2012, Episteme is a general journal of epistemology in the analytic tradition that invites both informal and formal approaches. Among its primary “traditional” topics are knowledge, justification, evidence, reasons, rationality, scepticism, truth, probability, epistemic norms and values, and methodology.

To mark the move to Cambridge, Editor Alvin Goldman has selected six articles from the digitised archive that best reflect the journal’s commitment to social and individual epistemology.

You can access them online today for FREE.*

Featured articles include:

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Diamond Jubilee Prayer and liturgical resources released

A prayer written at The Queen’s Direction by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee has been released. It will be used in the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday, June 5th. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have commended it for use throughout the Church of England and other Churches are also welcome to use it.

Published alongside other new prayers for adults and children, and liturgical resources for use in the Church of England during Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year, the new prayer is available online on the Church of England’s Diamond Jubilee web pages.

The Diamond Jubilee Prayer reads:

God of time and eternity,
whose Son reigns as servant, not master;
we give you thanks and praise
that you have blessed this Nation, the Realms and Territories
our beloved and glorious Queen.
In this year of Jubilee,
grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace
as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God
and in devoted service to her lands and peoples,
and those of the Commonwealth,
now and all the days of her life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Revd Christopher Woods, Secretary of the Liturgical Commission and National Worship Adviser, said: "The fact that Her Majesty has been our Queen for 60 years and is still full of enthusiasm and joy is the occasion for a great deal of celebration and thanksgiving to God. To this end, the Church of England is delighted to compile prayers, both traditional and modern, to be used in church services in 2012: on Monday, February 6th, to celebrate The Queen’s accession to the throne; on Sunday, June 3rd, during the Jubilee weekend; and at other times during the year."

The compilation, which all churches, groups and individuals may use, includes prayers which were said at Her Majesty’s Coronation service itself. There is even a short prayer which was written during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, but its words and sentiments are still very relevant.

The texts which are to be used on the day of Her Majesty’s Accession from The Book of Common Prayer are particularly suitable as 2012 is the 350th anniversary of the 1662 edition of the BCP.

The suggested Service of Thanksgiving is not the service that will be used in June at St Paul’s, but the Diamond Jubilee Prayer, composed by the Chapter of St Paul’s, will be used in the St Paul’s service.

Diamond Jubilee Prayer and liturgical resources released

St Catherine’s Church, Fritton (Norfolk)

I was on the prowl up near Norwich yesterday while Jean went to a Godly Play meeting, and took the opportunity to visit a couple of churches in the Hempnall group, which are full of historic interest. More about Shelton in an upcoming post, but here are some snaps from Fritton. A round tower calls to you down a muddy track, and once inside some very friendly (I hope) lions stand guard on the font (very like the one at Shelton). Wall paintings still survive: a rather faded St Christopher, a youthful St Edmund Rich, and a large restored St George and Dragon. The rood screen still has some of its painted panels: the donor John Bacon with his wife and fourteen (!) children, and doctors and saints including Simon with his fish. As a final bonus there is a pretty modern glass of Etheldreda in the Chancel too.

Well done Fritton and the whole group for keeping the churches open and welcoming.


Frittion Church, exterior Fritton Church - interior

Smiling lion, font, Fritton St Edmund Rich Fritton

  Chancel screen - donor John Bacon wife & 14 children Fritton St Simon, roodscreen FrittonSt George wallpainting, Fritton St Etheldreda (modern glass) Fritton

Evolutionist David Attenborough says there could be a God as he claims the two beliefs are not incompatible | Mail Online

‘There could be a God,’ admits  David Attenborough: Veteran broadcaster says belief in evolution is not incompatible with religion

His award-winning programmes on the natural world follow evolutionary history and the teachings of Darwin.

Now, however, Sir David Attenborough has speculated that there may be a God – and insisted it would not be ‘inconsistent’ with the theory of evolution.

Speaking on Desert Island Discs, the  85-year-old naturalist told how recognising the possibility that God could exist meant he was an agnostic rather than an atheist.

Evolutionist David Attenborough says there could be a God as he claims the two beliefs are not incompatible | Mail Online

Regeneration Event cancelled

I’m sorry to have to announce that the Regeneration event planned for Feb 25th has had to be cancelled, as bookings did not reach the level at which it would be viable. The Youth Council will be meeting to look into a possible replacement event later in the year. Our thanks to everyone who who has given Regeneration support so far – and watch this space.

Education Sunday 5th February 2012

Ed Sunday2011 FirmFoundationsEducation Sunday is a national day of prayer and celebration for everyone involved in the world of education. For more than 100 years there has been an annual recognition of Education Sunday in England and Wales (traditionally on the ninth Sunday before Easter).

These resources from Churches Together in England are designed to help you prepare for your own celebration on or around Education Sunday, or on any other day during the year, such as the start or end of the academic year. You can use these resources in your church, in local schools, colleges and universities and in other places of learning.

Education Sunday 2012

Sermon or Homily Notes

Primary Collective Worship

Songs and Hymns

Secondary Collective Worship

Ideas for All Age Worship


New PowerPoint for 2012 Primary collective worship – click here

You could also check out http://www.prayforschools.org/.

Next year Education Sunday will be on 27 January, 2013.

War Horse: Filled with Compassion


LICC carried this review of the film version of War Horse, by Jason Gardner, which I found really interesting:

The Steven Spielberg film version of Michael Morpurgo’s renowned children’s book, War Horse – about the relationship between the titular animal and a faithful two-legged friend during the First World War – has had its own battle with the critics.

Some have applauded Spielberg, seeing echoes of grander days of Hollywood, drawing comparisons with westerns where the landscape played as great a part as the actors; and yes, there is schmaltz and melodrama aplenty, but it still manages to tug at the heart strings. Others have lambasted it for its idealised portrayal of rural England, cardboard acting, and the veteran director manipulating us to reach for the hankies during the horse’s plight. Even hardened film aficionados have been cursing Spielberg through their tears: ‘A horse?Caught in a war? Of course I’m going to cry!’
It’s not just critics reaching for the tissues. After seeing the film my wife found herself with a line of women in the loos having to readjust make-up because of tear damage.
Why do stories like this stir compassion within us? Perhaps because even though horses have been used for centuries to carry men into battle, in this film the horse is an innocent. The juxtaposition of that which is ‘pure’ surrounded by horror screams at us that something is wrong.
The horse isn’t the only innocent in the film. There’s the orphaned French girl and her protective grandfather, and a 14-year-old German soldier – lying about his age, too eager to be a man – and his protective older brother. And then there are the young Devonian men, ripped from the heart of the English countryside and thrown into war. This, in part, is why Spielberg overplays the rural landscape – to provide a stark contrast with the apocalyptic no man’s land of the Somme.
This instinct for outrage when innocence is attacked is arguably a trait inherited from our Father God. Time and again in the gospels when Jesus is faced with that which opposes God’s shalom, his intended wholeness for the world, he acts to help. The leper cries out, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean’, and Jesus, ‘filled with compassion’, responds ‘I am willing… be clean’.
May the sight, even the very thought, of innocence betrayed continue to upset and disturb us, and may we act with the instinct, immediacy, and heart of Christ in response.
Jason Gardner
Youth Pastor, St Peter’s West Harrow

Damaris Culturewatch carried an article by Sophie Lister on the same film, and has a discussion guide:

When his drunken father (Peter Mullan) brings home a thoroughbred horse, Devonshire farm boy Albert (Jeremy Irvine) falls in love at first sight. Joey, as he names the spirited animal, is completely unsuitable for farm work – but this doesn’t stop Albert from bonding with him, even training him to plough in an act of defiance against the family’s grabbing landlord (David Thewlis).

But bigger forces are about to tear boy and horse apart. The First World War breaks out, and Joey is sold to Captain Nicholls (Tom Hiddleston), a cavalry officer. Their ride into battle is only the beginning of Joey’s journey, and as the war rages on, he passes through many different hands on all sides of the conflict. Surrounded by chaos and death, it seems unlikely that he will survive – but somewhere in the trenches is his beloved Albert, who has come looking for him. [more...]

Sophie Lister
Read the discussion guide on the CultureWatch website

Benezit Dictionary of Artists – 14 day free trial

Oxford Art OnlineOUP announce that the first digital version of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists is now available on Oxford Art Online.

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