Thursday 7th March 2019, 7.30pm, Board Room, Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1HE
You’d be forgiven for thinking that modern pop, rock, electronic dance, hip-hop, R&B and grime music have nothing spiritual, or Christian, about them. But is that really true? Among the provocative lyrics of pop, the bombastic bragging of rap and the repetitive refrains of EDM, is there something of what theologians have called ‘the divine spark’? Is there a memory of God, a reaching out for God, or even an articulation of God to be found in contemporary music? This talk by the Rev’d Lucy Dallas, ERMC, which comes complete with its own playlist, will inspire you to notice God’s presence in the least likely of cultural places.
Tickets £6 (discount available for students): click here for more information and to book online
Saturday 16th March, 10.30am – 5pm, Christ the Saviour Church, New Broadway, Ealing, London, W5 2XA
A training day to give you practical resources to help you share your faith / grow your church. This day is designed for Church Wardens, PCC members, and other lay leaders to come to with your clergy. To get the most out of the day we suggest you come as a group from the parish. There are discounted tickets if three or more people come from the same parish.
Speakers include: Mother Sandra Millar on The Christening Project; Fr Fabrizio Pesce on Church Planting: an Anglo-Catholic Experience; Fr Simon Rundell presenting The Nursery Rhyme Mass; Fr Andrew Foreshaw-Cain on Post Offices, Soft Play and Community Engagement; CAFE – Catholic Faith Explorations DVD resources.
Please bring a packed lunch – tea and coffee are provided. The venue, Christ the Saviour Ealing is just round the corner from Ealing Broadway station – easily accessible being on the Central line, the District Line, and overground trains from Paddington and Reading.
Saturday 16th March 2019, 10.30am – 3.30pm, Chapter Room, The Deanery, St Albans Cathedral
Far more theologically testing than your average PhD viva is a primary school assembly where you invite Little People to ask Big Questions. You know that they will see right through bluffing and cant. It is of course easy to answer the questions – wrongly, inaccurately, incomprehensibly, or better still not answer them at all. ‘Who made God?’ ‘Why do people suffer?’ ‘Why aren’t planets mentioned in the creation story?’ What would your answer be? This study day with The Rev’d Dr David Munchin looks a ways in which we can approach answering these ‘big questions’, and gives the opportunity for participants to bring their own questions for discussion.
Tickets £25: click here for more information and to book online
Wednesday 20th March 2019, 7.30pm, Board Room, Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1HE
In St Albans in 1455, the 33-year-old Henry VI faced battle for the first time. It was a devastating experience for a king only just recovered from an episode of mental illness. Henry had inherited the thrones of England and France from his father Henry V, victor of Agincourt, before his first birthday. But he had already lost France, and the Battle of St Albans brought about the devastating Wars of the Roses – and Henry’s ultimate destruction.
Join historian Lauren Johnson as she explores Henry VI’s reign and the Battle of St Albans in this illustrated talk, with book signing.
Tickets £10: click here for more information or to book online
Song Recital: Hannah Bennett, mezzo-soprano
Sunday 24th March 2019, 3.00pm, St Lawrence’s Church, Church Road, Willington, Bedford MK44 3PX
Hannah features regularly as a Soloist in Opera and Oratorio. She is studying for a postgraduate degree at The Royal Academy of Music, and has performed at Ely, Sheffield and Arundel Cathedrals.
Her concert will support The Home of Hope, Mchinji, Malawi, which gives a home and education to over 500 children. St Lawrence’s Church have been supporting them since 2015, and churches in Bedford have sent groups of teenagers and leaders to help care for the children, with another group going out in Summer 2019.
Tickets: £12 adults, children free. Refreshments included. Please contact 01234 831 136 for further information.
Redbourn Festival Chorus: ‘Come and Sing’ Stainer’s Crucifixion
Thursday 4th April 2019, 8.00pm, St Mary’s Church, Redbourn
The Redbourn Festival Chorus was formed in 2010 to provide an opportunity for villagers to perform major choral works. This community choir now attracts a wide range of singers from Redbourn and beyond, from raw beginners, through those whose instruments had fallen into disuse over the years, to the very confident. Optional rehearsals are enthusiastically attended by many, determined to give of their best for these unique projects in the life of our village.
Please join us to sing in a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion, conducted by David Beaman. All welcome, whether you have sung in a choir before or not – help will be provided. on 21st March and 28th March, 7.30pm at St Mary’s, and a run-through at 6.30pm on 4th April before the performance. Singers ticket: £10.
Thurday 4th April 2019, 7.30pm, Board Room, Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1HE
This talk will explore how the Anglo-Saxons re-shaped earlier traditions about Alban to make him into the ‘first martyr of the English’. Drawing on his expertise and doctoral research early medieval devotion to St Alban, The Rev’d Dr Mark Laynesmith from the University of Reading will cover archaeology and literature, focusing especially on the work of the Northumbrian monk-historian Bede.
Saturday 6th April 2019, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Frogmore Park Street, St Albans AL2 2JU
Gospel Music with a distinctly Jewish flavour, with ministry in word and song. Featuring: Simon Elman, Chrissy Rodgers and Helen Shapiro.
Free admission with a retiring collection. Please contact 01727 873 974 for further information.
Gold Project enables us to unpack the bible as well as finding its relevance for today. The courses, supported by the Bible Society, are for home study with fortnightly tutorials. New courses starting after Easter are Discover Christian Living (the letters of Paul) with a tutor group in Maulden, Beds and Encounter Jesus and the Kingdom (the Gospels of Matthew & Mark) with a tutor group in Colney Heath, St Albans.
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