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Flying the flag for Lesotho
As part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Durham-Lesotho LINK, a group of Basotho people from various parts of Lesotho visited Durham Diocese between 25th February and 10th March.
During their stay, our Basotho friends visited each of the Deaneries for an evening presentation. In their own inimitable style the group (working in 3 teams) presented an evening of information about Lesotho and the LINK and shared their stories through words and their wonderful singing.
On Saturday 5th March the whole group gathered at the Cathedral for a special guided tour. They were split into two groups but not until they had all been out onto Palace Green to see their national flag being hoisted on the Cathedral tower. A buzz of excitement went round the group as the flag made its way up the flag pole and, clearly moved by this gesture, they responded by bursting into song with the Lesotho national anthem. Then, after posing for the group photograph they set off on a tour of the Cathedral.
Later that same day, the Cathedral played host to the LINK's 25th Anniversary service - another entertaining and very moving occasion. Before the service a reception was held for invited guests who included many of the people who have been associated with the LINK over the years. These included Peter Green, who's original vision for the LINK led to it being established 25 years ago and, former LINK Executive Officer, Paul Jefferson. Prince Seiso, the Lesotho High Commissioner in London, was also there and he brought a message from his brother King Letse.
To read more about this visit and see pictures download the PDF here
'Skype' in worship
By Patrick Cross in the Church of Ireland Gazette
At a recent family service in Kilmore parish church near Downpatrick, Canon Cecil Wilson surprised us all with an exciting development in our worship. When we arrived for the service, we noticed three, large-screen televisions strategically placed, so that everyone could see them.
Canon Wilson then announced during the service that the first lesson would be read by a young parishioner now living in Abu Dhabi. the television then came to life and, through the good offices of Skype - an Internet communication facility - we saw our parishioner and her baby in their flat in Abu Dhabi. After telling the congregation about life in that country for a moment or so, she read the first lesson.
Later in the service, Canon Wilson contacted another young parishioner living and working in Bermuda and he and his wife talked for a moment or two and then he also gave us a reading. Finally, instead of a sermon, the canon contacted a young parishioner at present doing voluntary work in Cambodia and she told us about her workd, conditions in Cambodia and how Church services there different from those at home.
Undoubtedly, Canon Wilson had put a great deal of work into this service and, as readers can imagine, the congregation was delighted with the contributions from members of the parish now working overseas; this was particularly so for the families of those young people involved.
I wonder if this is a first for the Church of Ireland or have other parishes experimented with Skype to bring together their scattered parishes?
Congregation on the move in Normandy
A vast majority of members of an Anglican church in Normandy, Northern France, have voted to support a plan to move their place of worship and to develop facilities in their new location.
The English speaking congregation of Coutances has been meeting in a school chapel, which was otherwise unused on Sundays, but has now been offered the exclusive use of an ancient church at L’Hommëel-Gratot – not far from the city of Coutances - where worship and prayer can be held at any time.
After a consultation on the plans 95% of the congregation opted for the move. Their Priest-in-Charge, Rev Peter Hales, says “It was so wonderful that the vast majority of members of the congregation felt so positive about our move to the church at L’Homméel. More than ever it seems that Our Lord is moving in our churches destiny, moulding us all into his community.”
Having committed to the move an even greater majority voted to go ahead with the purchase of the Salle de Fêtes with its full kitchen facility, the former Priest’s House which can be used for meeting rooms and an office as well as a large meadow for Summer events so the church mission and ministry can expand in the future.
Now church members have the task of working and praying to be able to afford to buy the buildings and the land but church leaders are rejoicing at the support for this optimistic venture.
Synod launch for 'CPWI Hymnal'
From The Anglican Outlook, The Newspaper of the Diocesan Church of Trinidad and Tobago
The CPWI Hymnal, the new hymn book for official use in the eight dioceses in the Church in the Province of the West Indies, will be launched in the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday 29 June during the Opening Service of the 139th Synod. That service will be at 6pm at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port-of-Spain.
The hymnal is the result of six years of work by the Provincial Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Church in the Province of the West Indies. That commission was led by the Right Revd Alfred Reid, the Lord Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The project came about with the passage of resolutions by the Provincial Synod in 1998 and 2007 "recognising the need for a new hymnal to enhance worship and suited for the singing traditions of the peoples of the Caribbean."
The commission was authorised to take steps to produce a hymnal "in keeping with certain defined objectives". The CPWI Hymnal contains 852 hymns that were selected and contributed by the dioceses in the province. Apart from retaining half of those in Hymns Ancient and Modern, The CPWI Hymnal has popular contemporary hymns, selections by Caribbean authors and composers, Gospel Songs and Negro Spirituals.
The Diocese of Barbados began using the new book on May 1 after a February launch, while Jamaica and the Cayman Islands will have its official launch on Sunday June 19 although it has been using it at choir festivals across its diocese since May 8.
In his message to mark the launch of the CPWI Hymnal, His Grace the Archbishop of the West Indies, the Most Revd Dr John Holder, noted the central role of music in religion and said that the music used in worship in the Caribbean should speak to the experiences of the region's peoples.
"Our new hymnal has attenpted to capture this very important aspect of music and hymn singing. My prayer is that, as you sing these beautiful hymns, you may feel closer to God who has given us the marvellous gift of music."
First woman priest ordained in Cyprus and the Gulf diocese
By Matthew Davies, Episcopal News Service
The Rev. Catherine Dawkins made history in early June when she became the first woman to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East during a service at St. Christopher's Cathedral in Manama, Bahrain.
Abundant life is Ghana diocese's goal
By Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service
The Diocese of Tamale, in partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, works to put the gospel message into practice action in Ghana.
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At your service... An interview with Ray Mills, a Supermarket Chaplain
From Share it! The magazine of the Church Army in the United Kingdom
Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I grew up in Northern Ireland and at the age of 21 I felt God was calling me to service. I'd heard about the Church Army through its caravan missions and it attracted me because it gave opportunities to lay people. Over the years I've worked in projects nationwide and as a part of management.
You are now a Chaplain at the ASDA superstore in Chatham. How did you get involved?
When I retired I moved to the Chatham area and began to attend the same church as the head of the Kent Workplace Mission. One Sunday, after the service, we had a chat about the role at ASDA. When I discovered there were over 500 people employed at the store and so few of them were Christians, I thought, here is a place I can minister.
What does your role involve?
I go into the store each Wednesday for two hours and chat with people in the staff canteen. After that, I go onto the shop floor and speak to the staff and customer. They get awfully surprised and say: "I didn't know there were Chaplains at these sorts of places!"
What's the best part of your job?
Well, I enjoy having a bacon butty [sandwich] when my wife's not looking! But seriously, I think it's when shoppers or staff come to you becuase they know you're going to listen confidentially.
What are the struggles you face?
The struggle is to break through on the God-front - the number of conversations I have about football is immense! We do hold an annual remembrance service for ASDA staff that've passed away which lasts for 15 minutes - around 60 staff turn up for it. We also do carol singing at Christmas with local churches.
Finally, how would you like to develop the ministry?
I would like to see a team join me as I just don't have enough time to meet everybody. So please pray for God to grow the ministry and provide future volunteers. Also give thanks for the other Church Army Evangelists who are involved in supermarket chaplaincy.
The Book of Common Prayer? There's an app for that!
[From iPray's promotional material]
"We are pleased to announce the launch of iPray, an iPhone application for the Book of Common Prayer. iPray was designed with the user in mind, placing the day’s lessons at the user’s fingertips. There’s truly nothing like it. Four daily prayer offices are brought to you based on the liturgical calendar and the time of day: Morning Prayer, Midday Prayers, Evening Prayer and Compline.
The app was developed by users of the traditional Book of Common Prayer who desired an easy-to-use application of prayer book worship. iPray was recently launched and is available for those who can appreciate a simplified method of negotiating Scripture readings and the appropriate daily prayers following the liturgical calendar of the church, including feasts and fasts, into one, easy-to-understand app. iPray is also a good resource for those who are unaccustomed to this kind of spiritual discipline and provides an easy introduction to structured daily prayer and Bible reading, based on the ancient practice of the Church as refined by the English Reformation.
We encourage you to download iPray and share this information with your family and friends. Here are some important links related to iPray BCP
The Faith of the English
By Nigel Rooms
"How Christian are the English? How English is their Christianity? These questions are probed by Nigel Rooms in a book which is both readable and scholarly. If England is a mission field, how is Christian faith to be understood by the English? And how are English Christians to become aware of the links and the tensions between their own culture and their faith?
This book is important reading for Christians in search for self-understanding, for all who seek for a renewal of Christian faith in England, and for the many English people who are curious about the part that Christian faith continues to play in the national culture." - John M. Hull, Emeritus Professor of Religious Education, University of Birmingham. (From the back cover)
A Dangerous Dozen - Twelve Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo but Taught Us to Live Like Jesus
“Times change and situations seem to change, but there is still a great need for prophets, for God’s ambassadors, to stand up and be counted. Who will dare to be Paul the Apostle today, or Dorothy Day, or Francis of Assisi, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Who will dare, when God calls, to say, ‘Here I am, Lord. Send me’?” - from the Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Meet twelve fascinating—at times, intimidating—Christian change agents who were unafraid to ask what God would have them do in the face of life’s realities—and unafraid to go ahead and do it. Their words and actions challenged the status quo, and in so doing they showed the face of Jesus to the Church and to the world.
Whether calling us to live simply in the name of Jesus, showing the way to genuine peacemaking, or exemplifying the true meaning of courage, the legacies of these blessed troublemakers continue to inspire us today … if we let them.
Paul of Tarsus • Mary Magdalene • Origen of Alexandria • Francis of Assisi • Hildegard of Bingen • Thomas Cranmer • Sojourner Truth • Dorothy Day • Dietrich Bonhoeffer • Janani Luwum • Oscar Romero • K. H. Ting
By Lillian Dube, Stephen Hayes and Tabona Shoko
Healing ministry is becoming more prominent in many different Christian traditions in Southern Africa. In the past, it was largely confined to the 'Spirit-type' African Independent Churches (AICs), where it was (and still is) a recruitment technique par excellence. For these denominations, healing is central to the mission, and the church is primarily seen as a healing institution. In the Western Initiated Churches (WICs), healing was earlier seen as peripheral, but has become more central in recent years.
This book focuses on churches' healing ministries in Zimbabwe, looking at the historical setting and the background to Christianity. The book examines the traditional religion among the Shona people of Zimbabwe, as well as the healing traditions in African independent churches in general. It consists of four case studies of healing in different Christian denominations in Zimbabwe: two African independent churches and two Western-initiated churches (Roman Catholic and Anglican). The book also looks at the wider application of the case studies, and the general implications for Christianity in Africa.
Did you know there is a... Church Army International?
Church Army International, established in 2006, is an association of eight independent Church Army societies around the world in Africa, Australia, Barbados, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom & Ireland and the United States of America working in over fifteen countries. The purpose is to facilitate communication, cooperation, fellowship and shared vision between Church Army societies, and to promote the growth of Church Army ministry worldwide.
The Church Army International Council comprises of one board member from each society. In November 2008 The Rt. Revd Harold Daniel (pictured left), Suffragan Bishop of Mandeville in the Diocese of Jamaica, was elected as chairman of the Council. The International Secretary is Philip Johanson email@example.com.
The leader of each Society is a member of the Church Army International Leaders Forum chaired by the International Secretary. The Forum has four telephone conferences each year and the leaders together with those responsible for training and board representatives meet together for a residential conference approximately every three years.
To learn more about the work of this organisation visit http://www.churcharmy.org.uk/pub/aboutus/international/CAInternational.aspx
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Psalm: 128 Exod. 40:17-33
Okgwe - (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Edward Osuegbu
Psalm: Exod. 40:34-38
Okigwe North - (Province of Owerri, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Godson Ukanwa
Okigwe South - (Province of Owerri, Nigeria) The Rt Revd David Onuoha
Sunday 19-Jun-2011 Trinity Sunday
Psalm: 1 Acts 3:1-9
Okinawa - (Japan) The Rt Revd David Shoji Tani
Psalm: 2:1-8 Acts 3:10-26
Oklahoma - (Province VII, USA) The Rt Revd Edward J Konieczny
Psalm: 3 Acts 4:1-12
Okrika - (Province of the Niger Delta, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Tubokosemie Abere
Psalm: 4 Gen 2:4-14
Oleh - (Province of Bendel, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Jonathan Francis Ekokotu Edewor
Psalm: 5:1-8,11-12 Gen 2:15-25
Olympia - (Province VIII, USA) The Rt Revd Gregory H Rickel
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