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BOOKSHOP OPENS A NEW CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE PBS image

BOOKSHOP OPENS A NEW CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE PBS

28th January 2019

A new chapter in the history of the Prayer Book Society opens as it signs up the first book
retailer as a corporate member.


The newest member of the society – which encourages rediscovery and use of the majesty
and spiritual depth of the Book of Common at the heart of the Church of England’s worship –
is the St Olav Trust Christian Bookshop which occupies St Olave's Church in North Street,
Chichester.


Used as a bookshop since the 1950’s, the church is the oldest building in the West Sussex
city. Dedicated to St Olaf, the King of Norway who died a martyr’s death in 1030, the church
was built 20 years later. With an extension added in the thirteenth century it predates
Chichester Cathedral. The church remains consecrated and holds just one Eucharist service
a year to mark St Olav's Day on July 29.


The bookshop is owned by the St Olav's Trust, a registered charity made up of
representatives from local churches, including the cathedral, Roman Catholics, Baptists, free
and independent churches as well as individuals from various Church of England
congregations.


‘It is central to our mission to provide books and resources for Christians of all backgrounds
and traditions,’ explains the manager, Bradley Smith. ‘The ecumenical outlook is
fundamental to the ethos of our bookshop.


‘As we keep a full range of BCPs in stock – as well as PBS materials, including CDs – we
felt that signing up for corporate membership was a natural step.’


For the St Olav Trust Christian Bookshop, benefits of PBS corporate membership include
increased sales of the BCP and BCP-related titles.


The bookshop is the second business to join the PBS as a corporate member. The first –
Isle of Wight-based Gresham Books – specialises in the production of bespoke books of
hymns and prayers for schools, colleges and churches.


John Service, the PBS clergy and churches coordinator, hopes that more firms will follow the
examples of these two.


He said: ‘We have launched a drive to increase interest in the Book of Common Prayer
beyond Anglican churches and their worshippers. In the past seven years our corporate
membership has grown by more than 40 per cent and includes 100 churches as well as
several schools. Now we are keen to expand our membership to include other organisations
which are supportive of our work.’


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A view of the St Olav Trust Christian Bookshop

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