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RUDYARD KIPLING’S NEIGHBOUR IS THE LATEST TO JOIN THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY image

RUDYARD KIPLING’S NEIGHBOUR IS THE LATEST TO JOIN THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY

2nd July 2021

An East Sussex church whose former neighbour was the journalist, short-story writer,
poet, and novelist Rudyard Kipling, is the latest to join the Prayer Book Society (PBS)
as a corporate member.

The society, which encourages rediscovery and use of the majesty and spiritual
depth of the Book of Common Prayer at the heart of Anglican worship, now has more
than 120 member churches keen to ensure continuity in use of the 1662 Prayer Book
for services.

St Bartholomew’s Church in Burwash – which has 11th century origins and is set in
what has been described as ‘the stunning landscape of the Sussex Weald’ – has
been using the Book of Common Prayer for more than 30 years.

‘By joining the PBS – encouraged by Christo Corfield, our visiting reader during
interregnum – we have confirmed our commitment to using the Prayer Book at our
8 am service of Holy Communion, mid-week Communion and monthly Matins and
Evensong’, reports churchwarden Vicky Patterson.

Despite Covid restrictions, St Bartholomew’s currently attracts Sunday congregations
of between 30 and 40 worshippers aged from 11 to 90.

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