Wednesday 29th May, 8.00-9.30pm
Lady Chapel, St Albans Cathedral
Tolkien thought Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia were written in a slap-dash manner, and many have shared his view, describing the books as a ‘hotch-potch’. Other readers have argued that Tolkien was wrong and that the Chronicles have an underlying coherence, pointing to such possible unifying themes as the seven sacraments or the seven deadly sins. But these explanations haven’t proven persuasive and Narnia’s inner meaning has remained a puzzle. Dr Michael Ward, Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford has finally solved the mystery. In this talk, drawing on his best-selling and award-winning book Planet Narnia, he shows what Lewis was really up to in these seven classic stories.
Flower Festival at St John’s Boxmoor: Interpretations of ‘A Year in Flowers’
Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June 2019
St John’s Church is once more proudly hosting a Flower Festival in June this year, organised by Sue Brown and Jean Frith. There will be 35 beautiful floral displays created by local arrangers and sponsored by local groups and individuals. This year many other churches are taking part in the festival which is providing a way for the arrangers to forge new friendships.
The opening ceremony will take place at 10.00 am on Friday 7 June and at 12.30 pm Music at St John’s will hold a concert among the flowers, as part of their lunchtime series. Cream teas will be served on Saturday 8 June in the afternoon. The Festival opens again after the Parish Eucharist service on Sunday 9 June and finally closes with a Festival Choral Evensong service starting at 6.30 pm. Refreshments will be available throughout.
Many flower festivals have been held at St John’s over the years, each one unique, raising funds for the modern glass West Door and for the new organ among other things. The upkeep of a church building is expensive and now the boilers need replacing before they fail completely, leaving a cold church. Constant fund-raising is needed to preserve the church for future generations.
Please come along on Friday 7 June 10 – 17.30, Saturday 8 June 10 – 17.30, Sunday 9 June 11.30 – 17.30
Tickets £4.00, children free
Saturday, 8th June, 7.30pm
St. Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2PF
Tickets: £12 (Adult)/£10 (Concession)/£5 (Student, in full time education, aged 16-21). Children under 16 are free, with a paying adult.
Paul Searle-Barnes is the Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Church. He has played in various cathedrals and performed with professional orchestras, and will perform a variety of works including Julius Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm (1857).
Whipsnade Tree Cathedral Service led by the Rector, the Revd Nicola Lenthall
Sunday 9th June 2019, 3.00pm
Preacher: The Venerable Dave Middlebrook, Archdeacon of Bedford. Supported by The Royal British Legion and the children of Kensworth and Studham schools with the Salvation Army Band.
Everyone welcome. Please bring your own chairs or rugs and bring a picnic tea or join us for tea afterwards.
For further information please call 01582 872406
Saturday 22nd June
Join us for the Alban Pilgrimage – a magnificent procession to celebrate St Alban, Britain’s first saint. This special day begins with a procession from St Peter’s Church, through the city centre, to St Albans Cathedral. Giant carnival puppets re-enact the story of Alban’s martyrdom, from his capture and trial to his death. The puppets are accompanied by people of all ages dressed as lions, Roman soldiers, angels, chariots and more. It is not only a stunning spectacle; it is a profoundly moving experience.
Services at St Albans Cathedral: Festival Eucharist – The Very Rev’d Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral (immediately after the procession)
4.00pm Festival Evensong – Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, University of Oxford
You can also join us on the Abbey Orchard for Alban Fest, an afternoon of fun Roman themed activities, part of our Roman Festival, from 12pm until 6pm.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Wednesday 10th July, 7.30-9.00pm
Alban Room, St Albans Cathedral
The ‘celebrity scientists’ such as Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins have tended to present a conflict model of science and faith. Yet in movies there is much more openness in the way the imagination explores science and God. In this lecture the Rev’d Prof David Wilkinson, Canon Scientist reflects on the current situation of science and faith and suggests ways forward for education, apologetics and Christian mission.
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