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‘WREN’S LANTERN’ IS THE LATEST CHURCH TO JOIN US

6th November 2017

The London church of St James Garlickhythe, the first headquarters of the Prayer Book Society (PBS), is the latest to become a corporate member.

The church provided the first office used by the PBS, established 45 years ago when it was feared that the 1662 Book of Common Prayer would fall into disuse as a result of liturgical reform in the Church of England. Today the society is based in Oxfordshire.

St James Garlickhythe, a parish church in the Vintry ward of the City of London, was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1683 and subsequently dubbed ‘Wren’s lantern’ due to its profusion of windows.

Its vicar, Fr Tim Handley, all of whose daily services are conducted according to the Book of Common Prayer, says that ‘affection and love of the Prayer Book’ extends far beyond the immediate parish.

‘Sunday attendance figures can vary between 25 and 50, partly because some worshippers travel to us from Essex and Hertfordshire for the Eucharist,’ he reports. ‘The parish has also just started celebrating daily Matins and Evensong, with the hope that they, too, will begin to attract people from far and near.’

Although most of the 92 corporate members recruited to date by the PBS are mainly churches, the concept has been expanded recently to include schools and businesses.

Encouraged by rediscovery and enthusiasm for use of The Book of Common Prayer for church services – notably among young people, including ordinands – the PBS is finalising plans to launch a new recruitment drive early next year.

Pictured is the tower of ‘Wren’s lantern,’ the London church of St James Garlickhythe which is the latest to become a corporate member of the Prayer Book Society.

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