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FOR A CAMBRIDGE CHURCH PBS MEMBERSHIP IS A ‘LOGICAL NEXT STEP’ image

FOR A CAMBRIDGE CHURCH PBS MEMBERSHIP IS A ‘LOGICAL NEXT STEP’

24th July 2018

The fourteenth century church of St Botolph in Cambridge is the latest to become a
corporate member of the Prayer Book Society (PBS) which works to encourage rediscovery
and use of the majesty and spiritual depth of The Book of Common Prayer at the heart of the
Church of England’s worship.


‘Joining seemed to be a logical next step,’ says churchwarden Katharine Horbury. ‘My
husband William – who was St Botolph’s priest-in-charge for more than 20 years – and I
have been individual members of the society for longer than I can remember.’


Both are enthusiastic about the publications which the PBS produces regularly for its
members as well as the books available to buy from the society’s online shop.


Like William, his successor as priest-in-charge of the Trumpington Street church, the Rev
Stephen Anderson, is a Prayer Book enthusiast. He is also chairman of the Ely branch of the
PBS.


Having continued the tradition of using The Book of Common Prayer for most of the services
– including Holy Communion, Sung Eucharist, Matins and Evening Prayer – Stephen was
keen for the church to have greater involvement with the PBS.


‘The Prayer Book frequently is requested for use at weddings and funerals in St Botolph’s
church,’ reports Katherine who believes it is also a continuing factor in attracting a number of
ordinands from the Cambridge theological college, Westcott House, as well as other
students who attend services.


Research by the PBS suggests that younger ordinands are discovering The Book of
Common Prayer for the first time and embracing it enthusiastically.

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