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SUCCESS OF OUR SEMINARS PROMPTS PLANS FOR MORE IN LONDON AND THE NORTH-WEST image

SUCCESS OF OUR SEMINARS PROMPTS PLANS FOR MORE IN LONDON AND THE NORTH-WEST

1st July 2019

The success of the Prayer Book Society’s seminars in Oxford and Cambridge, planned to
help ordinands and newly-ordained clergy from different traditions explore the Book of
Common Prayer, has prompted plans to hold similar events in London and the North-West
early next year.

More than 100 delegates attended the most recent of the free evening seminars which was
arranged by St Botolph's Church in Trumpington Street, Cambridge in conjunction with the
Prayer Book Society.

The panel of speakers was headed by former Archbishop of Canterbury and current Master
of Magdalene College, Bishop Rowan Williams.

Others included: the Rev Dr Callie Hammond, dean of Gonville and Caius College,
Cambridge; the Rev Dr Mark Smith, dean of Clare College, Cambridge; the Rev Dr Robert
Mackley, vicar of Little St Mary’s Cambridge and rural dean of Cambridge South; the Rev
Fergus Butler-Gallie from the Liverpool church of Our Lady and St Nicholas and musician,
conductor, teacher and examiner Andrew Morris.

The title of the event – Old Wine – is inspired by a line in St Luke’s Gospel: ‘No man also
having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.’
Commenting on the success of the Cambridge event, Fr Stephen Anderson, priest-in-charge
at St Botolph’s and chairman of the Ely Diocese Branch of the Prayer Book Society said:

‘We were pleased to host Old Wine with the Prayer Book Society, supporting its contribution
to the diversity of worshipping formats in the church today.

‘While young people and clergy are rediscovering what a rich resource the Prayer Book is for
private prayer and public worship, with its uplifting language and deep scriptural theology,
many clergy and lay people have little experience of how to use it in parish life.’

Use of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer in parish churches around the country is proving to
be a key to attracting worshippers, reports John Service, the Prayer Book Society’s clergy
and churches coordinator.

To register interest in next year’s Old Wine events in London and the North-West contact
the Prayer Book Society’s office at The Studio, Copyhold Farm,
Lady Grove, Goring Heath, Reading RG8 7RT, call 0118 984 2582,
email pbs.admin@pbs.org.uk or visit www.pbs.org.uk

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PHOTO-CAPTION:
Speakers pictured at the Prayer Book Society’s OId Wine event at St Botolph’s church in
Cambridge are (left to right) the Rev Fergus Butler-Gallie, Rev Dr Robert Mackley, Rev Dr
Mark Smith, Bishop Rowan Williams, Andrew Morris and the Rev Dr Callie Hammond

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