Lumen United Reformed Church hosts Still Reforming

Sunday, 27 August 2017

With a history dating back to a Gaelic chapel in Hatton Garden in 1812, the National Scotch Church in Bloomsbury in 1827, expulsion from the Church of Scotland in 1832, walking out of the Church of Scotland during the "disruption" in 1843, and bomb damage in 1945, we have some experience with reform, protest, and the struggle of staying true to the Gospel.  In 1972 we became part of the United Reformed Church, itself a merger of most Congregational and Presbyterian churches in England. In 2006 a decision was made to remodel the building, and in order to pay for this the former car park and the late Victorian halls were sold off, and in 2008 the remodelled building was opened and the church was renamed “Lumen.”

We look forward to seeing you at Lumen on 27 August.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS
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German Protestants in Great Britain

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 until Tuesday, 31 October 2017

St George’s German Lutheran Church will host an exhibition on German Protestants in Great Britain.

St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie Street, London E1 8EB
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500 Years of German Protestants in Britain

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 until Sunday, 5 November 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Reformation, the German Protestants congregations in London are planning a series of events and an exhibition named '500 Years of German Protestants in Britain' at St George's  German Lutheran Church, opening on selected days between 6 September and 5 November and including a chamber concert on 8 October. More details nearer the time. 

http://www.stgeorgesgermanchurch.org.uk

 


55 Alie Street, London E1 8EB
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Remembering the Reformation Events - University of Cambridge

Thursday, 7 September 2017 until Saturday, 9 September 2017

Remembering the Reformation is an AHRC-funded research project based at the Universities of Cambridge and York. The project is a collaboration between historians (Prof. Alex Walsham and Prof. Ceri Law, University of Cambridge) and literary scholars (Prof. Brian Cummings and Prof. Bronwyn Wallace, University of York) which aims to investigate how the Reformation was remembered, forgotten, contested and re-invented. Over a period of three years the members of the project will work to illuminate the manner in which memories of the Reformation emerged or were created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as the complex and plural legacies such memories have left. The project will stage a range of academic and public engagement events, including workshops, conferences and colloquia, lectures, educational workshops for children, and public exhibitions. Great St. Mary’s Church Public Lectures from 7 to 9 September i.a. with James Simpson Professor of English at Harvard University. http://www.rememberingthereformation.org.uk/about

 


The University Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ
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Martin Luther and the Reformation

Sunday, 10 September 2017

A talk at 6.30 pm in the Second Thoughts Series 2017 at St. Martin's, Epsom, by the Very Revd Dr Andris Abakuks. 31st October, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 theses by Martin Luther in the German town of Wittenberg, an event that is commonly commemorated as the starting point of the Reformation. The talk will be about the life and work of Martin Luther and the beginnings of the Reformation. Andris is the Dean of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Great Britain. In 2014 the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad signed the Porvoo Agreement, an agreement of communion between Anglican and Lutheran Churches in Europe. Andris is the representative of his church on the Porvoo Contact Group. On the basis of the Porvoo Agreement, Andris has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Guildford by Bishop Andrew. Andris lives in Epsom and, before he retired, was a Lecturer in Statistics at Birkbeck College, University of London.


St Martin's Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
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St Chad Pilgrimage

Saturday, 23 September 2017

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Church leaders from the West Midlands plus other pilgrims will undertake an 18-mile walk of friendship from St Chad's (Roman Catholic) Cathedral in Birmingham to Lichfield (Anglican) Cathedral.


St Chad's Cathedral, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU
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Here I Stand

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Cross Culture Media are proud to present the World Premiere of Here I Stand, an astonishing new work from esteemed playwright Mervyn Weir along with an eclectic variety of songs from Vade, the sensational jazz/gospel quintet, currently appearing in Sky TV’s new music show, Pitch Perfectly. October 1517, Germany. The world is about to change but doesn’t know it. 500 years ago, in a singular moment, one monk will not only change church history but also usher in the modern world. Martin Luther is the pivotal figure in a revolution that continues to impact society today. Brought to life by a 15-piece company of actors and musicians, playwrightMervyn Weir beautifully fuses the iconic story of Luther with a contemporary tale that examines who has the ‘truth’. Here I Stand is a theatre production with music. There are around 15 songs ranging from Martin Luther’s ‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God’ to Bob Marley’s‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’. Weir describes the show as an opportunity to be inspired by Luther’s world changing stand and what it means for us today. For more info, news and videos, please visit our website: www.hereistand.org.uk


Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum, Cardiff CF10 3NP
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St Columba's Scottish Church in London hosts Still Reforming

Sunday, 1 October 2017pic

The Church of Scotland is a Presbyterian church, the largest denomination in Scotland, which emerged in 1560 under the leadership of John Knox. St Columba’s is one of two Church of Scotland congregations in London.  It was built to serve a westward-expanding London in 1884.  Following incendiary bomb damage during the Second World War, it was rebuilt thanks to the effort of the community and its minister, and the present building, designed by Sir Edward Maufe, was dedicated in 1955.
St Columba’s Church still offers a “home away from home” for Scots and anyone enjoying Presbyterian worship. Its building is used for many different types of activities — these include, among others, Scottish country dances, school assemblies, addiction support groups, bible study, food and fellowship, weddings, funerals, and many more worship services.

The emblem of the Church of Scotland is a burning bush, and its Latin motto Nec tamen consumebatur (from Exodus 3:2) translates into “Yet it was not consumed.” The congregation of St Columba’s has truly come through fire and not been destroyed. You, too, are welcome, and we hope that you will join us on 1 October 2017 for pictures and music about the Scottish Reformation (4pm), our evening service (5pm), followed by a cup of tea with Scottish shortbread.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


4pm at 67 Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD
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Semper reformanda – The Reformation and the Future of the Church in Europe

Wednesday, 4 October 2017pic

The Reformation always claimed to be, at its heart, a rediscovery of the Gospel. This is an academic conference on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, for clergy, church leaders and theologians, reflecting on the revolution that Luther started in 1517. This year will hold many opportunities to think about the past, but this conference offers an opportunity to look forward as much as backwards and ask, ‘what does the Reformation have to say to the church today, and facing the challenges of Europe in particular in the future?’  It will be a fascinating and important day for the future of the church.  See https://www.stmellitus.org/event/semper-reformanda-reformation-and-future-church-europe


24 Collingham Road, London sw5 0lx
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London Reformation 500 Conference

Friday, 6 October 2017 until Saturday, 7 October 2017

Sinners. Saved. The gospel hasn't always been celebrated in its full, free, Christ-glorifying glory. 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s stand, by faith, on the message of the perfect work of Jesus Christ for sinners, beginning and ending in faith. To enable us to remember, consider and imitate this faith Garry Williams (John Owen Centre), Pete Woodcock (Cornerstone Church Kingston), Kenneth Brownell (ELT Baptist Church and London Seminary) and Ben Virgo (Christian Heritage London) will tell the stories of Luther's life, his discovery, and the massive impact that the Reformation gospel has on the world. Music inspired by the Reformation will be provided by Dei Gratia, and the Christian Heritage London guided walk of the City of London will be given as part of the event. londonreformation500.eventbrite.co.uk


Christian Heritage London, St Botolph without Aldersgate, Aldersgate Street EC1A 4EU
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Reformation Echoes: How some themes from the Reformation speak to us 500 years on — a conversation

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Revd Canon Dr Chris Collingwood (York Minster): Discipleship The Revd Dr Peter Phillips (Durham University: Methodist Minister): Faith and Technology Sister Patricia Harriss CJ (Congregation of Jesus, Bar Convent, York): Faith and national identity Chair: The Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby 7pm. Admission free


Northallerton Methodist Church, High Street, Northallerton DL7 8EG
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Friends of Cathedral Music and Sheffield Cathedral marking 500 years of the Reformation

Friday, 13 October 2017 until Sunday, 15 October 2017

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The Sheffield Diocesan Representative for Friends of Cathedral Music http://www.fcm.org.uk will be hosting what is called a Gathering - a mainly musical and educational meeting at Sheffield Cathedral in October 2017. The theme of the event is the Influence of the Reformation in England.  

The programme for the event will incluce talks mainly about the history and changes to the liturgy and liturgical music and explore why and how the Reformation in England took its unique course from most of the continent. There will be tours of Sheffield Cathedral and its historical links to the Reformation. For more information please contact virge.james@btinternet.com

 


Church St, Sheffield S1 1HA, Storbritannien S1 1HA
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The Reformation and the Anglican church

Friday, 13 October 2017 until Sunday, 15 October 2017

Friends of Cathedral Music and Sheffield Cathedral will be holding a Gathering focusing on the effect of the Reformation on the music , liturgy and architecture of the developing Anglican church ( catholic church reformed ) The meeting is open to non- members of Friends of Cathedral Music . For further information contact gather@fcm.org.uk or virge .james @btinternet.com


Park Holme, 3 Endcliffe Hall Avenue S10 3EL
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Luther 500 - The Musical Legacy

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Led by Andy Watts of The Carnival Band A Saturday workshop exploring the musical heritage of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Also West Gallery Music and similar styles from Britain, Europe and America, as performed today by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. For singers and instrumentalists (number of places limited to 50) At St. Saviour’s Parish Church, Retford Saturday 14th October 2017 10.00am to 4.00pm The workshop leads into a Luther 500 Anniversary Celebration Service at 7.00pm to which everyone is invited


St. Saviour’s Parish Church Welham Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6QW The church entrance is on the corner of Lidget Lane. DN22 6QW
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Luther 500 - The Musical Legacy

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Saturday Workshop from 9.30am arranged jointly by THE CARNIVAL BAND and the Anglican and Methodist Churches of Retford there is a Saturday workshop during which Andy Watts will help paricipants explore the musical heritage of Martin Luther and the Reformation as well as West Gallery Music and other styles as performed today by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. For singers and instrumentalists (number of places limited to 50) followed by A REFORMATION 500 COMMEMORATION SERVICE at 7pm, preacher The Rev Paulina Hlawiczka, Lutheran Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Nottinham to which all are welcome. 9.30am to 5.30pm Reservations: www.eventbrite.co.uk search for Luther 500 Applications: http://www.trinitycircuit.net/events/ Followed by a Luther 500 Anniversary Celebration Service at 7.00pm


St. Saviour’s Parish Church, Welham Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6QW Saturday 14th October 2017 DN22 6QW
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Cantata Evensong

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A complete performance of Bach's Reformation Cantata 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott' BWV 80 at Evensong in Chelmsford Cathedral, with Chelmsford Cathedral Choir, musicians from the Diocese of Karlstad, Sweden, and Eboracum Baroque. The service begins at 3.30 pm and will be followed by a drinks reception and exhibition of early printed books commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Admission is free; all are welcome.


Chelmsford Cathedral, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1EH CM1 1EH
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Responding to the Reformation

Monday, 16 October 2017 until Wednesday, 18 October 2017

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Responding to the Reformation will take place from lunchtime on Monday 16 to lunchtime on Wednesday 18 October 2017 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. It focuses on the Reformation and will be open to everyone working ecumenically at county or national level. More information and details of how to book can be found at

 http://www.cte.org.uk/ReformationConference


The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU
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Reformation 500 - Moving On

Friday, 20 October 2017

Wiltshire Churches Together is hosting an evening of speakers and discussion at Market Lavington Community Hall, Wiltshire. Key speakers: The Revd. Dr. Anna Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Director of Studies, Centre for Formation in Ministry, Sarum College, Salisbury and The Revd. Michael Robertson, Ecumenical Officer on the Commission for Dialogue and Unity, Clifton Diocese.


Market Lavington Community Hall, St Mary's Road, Market Lavington, Wiltshire SN10 4DG
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Wells Festival of Literature

Friday, 20 October 2017

Rt Revd Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington examines Luther's beliefs from a modern perspective, providing an insight into contemporary issues such as sex, freedom, prayer and evil, through the beliefs of a man whose ideas still speak creatively to the modern world. Rt Revd Peter Price, Bishop of Bath & Wells, will introduce Bishop Tomlin


Bishop's Palace, Wells BA5 2PD
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From Conflict to Communion: Still Reforming?

Saturday, 21 October 2017

An Ecumenical Study Day (2pm - 5.15pm) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We will focus on what the Church today can learn from the Reformation. Contributors: John Derry, Colin Carr & Thomas Jantzen. This event is organised by Newcastle churches. All welcome! But it's helpful to let us know in advance for planning purposes. Contact janeteappleby@yahoo.com


Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7BJ NE1 7BJ
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HERE I STAND

Saturday, 21 October 2017

31 October 1517 in a small town in Germany, Martin Luther nailed a piece of paper to the door of his local church. Little did he realise that this act and what followed would change the lives of people across the world and in fact continues to be the catalyst for change 500 years later. This spellbinding production tells a story of protest and consequences, using contemporary music and drama and featuring Vade the sensational a cappella Jazz quintet. HERE I STAND is a modern and unique take on the life of one of history's most powerful influencers, who stood strong for his beliefs and literally changed the world as we know it.


Logan Hall, 20 Bedford way, London WC1H 0AL
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What does it mean to be Reformed today?

Friday, 27 October 2017pic
Professor David Fergusson, Principal of New College, the School of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh, will give a lecture on the theme “What does it mean to be Reformed today?” at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London, SW1X 0BD, at 1:15pm.

1:15pm St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD,
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The Story of the Reformation Conference

Saturday, 28 October 2017

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which began in October 1517, Glastonbury Abbey in association with Strode College’s History, Heritage and Archaeology Degree Programme is hosting a prestigious one-day public conference. Eight expert speakers, including some of the country’s leading historians, will tell the remarkable story of the Reformation and its impact on Europe over three dramatic centuries. The ticket includes lunch served in a marquee in the Abbey grounds and free access to the Abbey throughout the day.


GLASTONBURY TOWN HALL, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9EL
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Bachfest, presented by London Bach Society

Sunday, 29 October 2017 until Sunday, 12 November 2017

The London Bach Society's 27th Bachfest will reflect the 500th anniversary of Luther's Reformation and its influence on Bach's life and music. The programme will be announced in the summer, with the events taking place in various locations in London. The timescale of dates quoted is the period in which the events will take place. See also the LBS website www.bachlive.co.uk for further articles and information.


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Reformation Sunday and Church Anniversary

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge presents a number of special Reformation 500 events this year. 

On Reformation Sunday 29 October at 10.30am service and Church Anniversary. Preacherr will be Revd the Lord Griffith of Burry Port of Wesley Chapel, London.  

Further detalis: http://www.wesleycam.org.uk


Christ's Piece, Cambridge CB1 1Lg
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The Word and the Arts: A new Reformation?

Monday, 30 October 2017

Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge presents a number of special Reformation 500 events this year. 

On Monday 30 Octoberr  at 7.15 for 7.45pm Revd Dr Tim Macquiban of the Methodist Ecumenical Centre in Rome lectures on 'The Word and the Arts: A new Reformation?'. 

Free admission. Further detalis: http://www.wesleycam.org.uk


Christ's Piece, Cambridge CB1 1Lg
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London Bach Society's 2017 Bachfest - opening concert

Monday, 30 October 2017

"All that have voice...." Tenebrae Choir, Steinitz Bach Players, Nigel Short director Programme Max Reger: Motet “Der Mensch lebt und bestehet“ Op. 138 J S Bach: Motet “Jesu, meine Freude” BWV 227 Heinrich Schütz: Motet: “Das ist je gewißlich wahr“ SWV 277 J S Bach: Motet “Komm, Jesu, komm” BWV 229 Max Reger: Motet “Nachtlied” Op. 138 -Interval- J S Bach: Lutheran Mass in F BWV 233 J S Bach: Motet “Singet dem Herrn eine neues Lied” BWV 225 Introduction Every evening after supper, the Reformer and Theologian Martin Luther would gather his family together to sing motets. Luther also provided a German-texted Mass, chorales, supported congregational and community singing and retained two movements of the Latin Ordinary for Services to create the “Lutheran Mass”. In similar fashion, Bach and his family would make music together at home and in considering the musical needs of the Lutheran Church, the composer provided cantatas, passions, oratorios….and five Lutheran Masses. Our opening concert to commemorate the Reformation 500th features motets by servants of the Lutheran church: Bach, Heinrich Schütz and Max Reger, plus one of Bach’s settings of the shorter Lutheran Mass, the Mass in F BWV 233, movements of which are reworkings from earlier cantatas. Come and enjoy! The Date: Monday 30 October 2017, 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, London SW1 Tickets £30, £25, £20, £15 on sale from 10 July 2017 From the Box Office, St John’s Smith Square, 020 7222 1061 or online www.sjss.org.uk The theme of the whole Bachfest is "Bach and Luther: Masters and Servants". More Bachfest events will be announced on www.bachlive.co.uk


St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
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Ecumenical Reformation Commemoration Service in Westminster Abbey

Tuesday, 31 October 2017pic

The 500th anniversary of the symbolic start of the Reformation movement when Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses will be remembered this autumn with a Special Service and Symposium at Westminster Abbey, in partnership with the Council of Lutheran Churches.

The Service to mark the anniversary will held in Westminster Abbey on 31st October at Noon. It will be led by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, and the Address will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby. A new anthem, commissioned for the occasion by Danish composer, Bent Sørensen, will be performed by the Westminster Abbey Special Service Choir. Among those attending will be representatives of Lutheran Churches in the United Kingdom and colleagues from other churches representing the diversity of Christianity.

The service will be followed by ‘Liberated by God’s Grace’: a symposium, from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm, in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey.

The symposium will bring together leading academics to analyse the ongoing impact of the Reformation and its effect on subsequent generations, not only for the Church but for social order, identity and culture.  

It will be chaired by the Bishop of Kensington, The Right Reverend Dr Graham Tomlin, with contributors: Professor David Crankshaw, King’s College, London; Professor Eamon Duffy, Magdalene College, Cambridge; The Right Reverend Dr Martin Lind, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain; Professor Robert Stern, Sheffield University; and Professor Alexandra Walsham, Trinity College, Cambridge.

More information may be found at via www.westminster-abbey.org/reformation and tickets (FREE) are available for the service (here) and symposium (here).

 


12 noon Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA
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Ecumenical Service in The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Northampton

Saturday, 4 November 2017

There have been Lutherans in Northamptonshire for many decades since the end of the Second World War, and they will join together with other Christians in this ecumenical service on 4 November 2017 at 12 noon. The initiative for this commemoration has come from members of the Anglican-Lutheran Society. Preacher will be Rt Rev’d Jana Jeruma-Grinberg (Formerly Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain). The service will be followed by refreshments.


Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton NN2 6AG
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Reformation 500 Study Day

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A unique study day led by historian and author Derek Wilson, to explore the history of the English Reformation, its spiritual legacy, and its impact on art. The day will consist of three fascinating illustrated talks by experts. Free parking. All are welcome, please register for a free place by emailing julie@guildford-cathedral.org For more information and to register for a free place visit http://www.guildford-cathedral.org/news/2017/reformation-500-study-day


Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP
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Reformation 500 Study Day

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

As part of our celebrations to mark the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation, join us for a unique study day. We are delighted to welcome Derek Wilson, historian and author and Bishop Christopher Herbert, art expert, to lead this informal day exploring the fascinating themes of Reformation history, its spiritual legacy and its impact on the arts.


Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7UP GU2 7UP
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Norwegian and Finnish Churches host Still Reforming

Sunday, 12 November 2017

After the Great Fire of London in 1666 the timber trade between the Kingdom of Norway–Denmark and England grew to great proportions. Many Norwegians settled in London, and they worked hard to get their own church. In 1692 they formed their first  congregation. The first Danish-Norwegian church was consecrated in Wapping in 1696. It was both parish church as well as a seamen’s church for the many Danish and Norwegian sailors arriving on the Thames.  Today, the Norwegian Church is located in St Olav’s Church in Rotherhithe, which was purpose-built as a seamen’s church and opened in 1927.  Nowadays, between 10,000 and 15,000 Norwegians live permanently in London and have their home away from home at St Olav’s, where services are held every Sunday at 11am.

On a summer’s day in 1882 a young Finnish clergyman, his wife, and his baby son arrived in London. Elis Bergroth was the first person sent abroad by the Finnish Seamen’s Mission, as there was a clear need to help Finns who were experiencing problems during their stay in a foreign country. The word of God needed to be proclaimed in the concrete language of deeds. Countless people have since visited and worked at the Finnish Church in London. The Church is full of stories about people getting help, meeting long lost friends and experiencing the miraculous effects of sauna. New stories are created every day. The Church is an important meeting place for Finns living in and visiting the British Isles. The present church building dates from 1958 and is the third Finnish Church in London. It has a church hall, a cafeteria, a shop, a hostel, and a sauna. Holy Mass is held on the first Sunday of each month at 11am mainly in Finnish.

On 12 November 2017 we will be holding a joint Remembrance Sunday service at 10:50am, followed by a fellowship lunch where we look forward to hosting you.

The annual joint Christmas fair will be held in Albion Street the following weekend, 17–19 November 2017.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


10.50am at St.Olav’s Square, 1 Albion Street, London SE16 7JB
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Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church hosts Still Reforming

Friday, 1 December 2017pic

The Parish of the Most Holy Trinity, Dockhead is delighted delighted to welcome newcomers in December 2017 for fellowship and a service remembering events and changes triggered by the Reformation.

The parish finds its origins going back to Bermondsey Abbey pre-dating AD 715.  The First Mission was established in 1773. A chapel was built in 1782. A new church was built in 1835, the first Catholic Church to be built on a main road.  The Sisters of Mercy arrived in 1839 to support and initiate Catholic education for the poor. The Church was destroyed in the bombing of London in 1945, killing three of its priests. Much change was now to come to Bermondsey. The New Church by architect Goodheart-Rendal was consecrated in 1960.

Bermondsey has always had strong Catholic links, particularly with the Irish immigrants.  The Parish suffered in the 1960s and 70s because of many inner-city problems but in the 1990s it took on a new life.  It is now a vibrant, worshipping community, with a regular congregation of up to 500 people each week, sharing Eucharistic worship. The Parish shares an inclusive and international liturgical life based on the Second Vatican liturgical reforms. It has a generous awareness of those around the world who are in need and is always trying to develop strong links with the local community. 

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


6pm, Dockhead, London SE1 2BS
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Lumen United Reformed Church hosts Still Reforming

Sunday, 27 August 2017

With a history dating back to a Gaelic chapel in Hatton Garden in 1812, the National Scotch Church in Bloomsbury in 1827, expulsion from the Church of Scotland in 1832, walking out of the Church of Scotland during the "disruption" in 1843, and bomb damage in 1945, we have some experience with reform, protest, and the struggle of staying true to the Gospel.  In 1972 we became part of the United Reformed Church, itself a merger of most Congregational and Presbyterian churches in England. In 2006 a decision was made to remodel the building, and in order to pay for this the former car park and the late Victorian halls were sold off, and in 2008 the remodelled building was opened and the church was renamed “Lumen.”

We look forward to seeing you at Lumen on 27 August.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS
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German Protestants in Great Britain

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 until Tuesday, 31 October 2017

St George’s German Lutheran Church will host an exhibition on German Protestants in Great Britain.

St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie Street, London E1 8EB
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500 Years of German Protestants in Britain

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 until Sunday, 5 November 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Reformation, the German Protestants congregations in London are planning a series of events and an exhibition named '500 Years of German Protestants in Britain' at St George's  German Lutheran Church, opening on selected days between 6 September and 5 November and including a chamber concert on 8 October. More details nearer the time. 

http://www.stgeorgesgermanchurch.org.uk

 


55 Alie Street, London E1 8EB
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Remembering the Reformation Events - University of Cambridge

Thursday, 7 September 2017 until Saturday, 9 September 2017

Remembering the Reformation is an AHRC-funded research project based at the Universities of Cambridge and York. The project is a collaboration between historians (Prof. Alex Walsham and Prof. Ceri Law, University of Cambridge) and literary scholars (Prof. Brian Cummings and Prof. Bronwyn Wallace, University of York) which aims to investigate how the Reformation was remembered, forgotten, contested and re-invented. Over a period of three years the members of the project will work to illuminate the manner in which memories of the Reformation emerged or were created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as the complex and plural legacies such memories have left. The project will stage a range of academic and public engagement events, including workshops, conferences and colloquia, lectures, educational workshops for children, and public exhibitions. Great St. Mary’s Church Public Lectures from 7 to 9 September i.a. with James Simpson Professor of English at Harvard University. http://www.rememberingthereformation.org.uk/about

 


The University Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ
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Martin Luther and the Reformation

Sunday, 10 September 2017

A talk at 6.30 pm in the Second Thoughts Series 2017 at St. Martin's, Epsom, by the Very Revd Dr Andris Abakuks. 31st October, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 theses by Martin Luther in the German town of Wittenberg, an event that is commonly commemorated as the starting point of the Reformation. The talk will be about the life and work of Martin Luther and the beginnings of the Reformation. Andris is the Dean of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Great Britain. In 2014 the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad signed the Porvoo Agreement, an agreement of communion between Anglican and Lutheran Churches in Europe. Andris is the representative of his church on the Porvoo Contact Group. On the basis of the Porvoo Agreement, Andris has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Guildford by Bishop Andrew. Andris lives in Epsom and, before he retired, was a Lecturer in Statistics at Birkbeck College, University of London.


St Martin's Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
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St Chad Pilgrimage

Saturday, 23 September 2017

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Church leaders from the West Midlands plus other pilgrims will undertake an 18-mile walk of friendship from St Chad's (Roman Catholic) Cathedral in Birmingham to Lichfield (Anglican) Cathedral.


St Chad's Cathedral, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU
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Here I Stand

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Cross Culture Media are proud to present the World Premiere of Here I Stand, an astonishing new work from esteemed playwright Mervyn Weir along with an eclectic variety of songs from Vade, the sensational jazz/gospel quintet, currently appearing in Sky TV’s new music show, Pitch Perfectly. October 1517, Germany. The world is about to change but doesn’t know it. 500 years ago, in a singular moment, one monk will not only change church history but also usher in the modern world. Martin Luther is the pivotal figure in a revolution that continues to impact society today. Brought to life by a 15-piece company of actors and musicians, playwrightMervyn Weir beautifully fuses the iconic story of Luther with a contemporary tale that examines who has the ‘truth’. Here I Stand is a theatre production with music. There are around 15 songs ranging from Martin Luther’s ‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God’ to Bob Marley’s‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’. Weir describes the show as an opportunity to be inspired by Luther’s world changing stand and what it means for us today. For more info, news and videos, please visit our website: www.hereistand.org.uk


Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum, Cardiff CF10 3NP
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St Columba's Scottish Church in London hosts Still Reforming

Sunday, 1 October 2017pic

The Church of Scotland is a Presbyterian church, the largest denomination in Scotland, which emerged in 1560 under the leadership of John Knox. St Columba’s is one of two Church of Scotland congregations in London.  It was built to serve a westward-expanding London in 1884.  Following incendiary bomb damage during the Second World War, it was rebuilt thanks to the effort of the community and its minister, and the present building, designed by Sir Edward Maufe, was dedicated in 1955.
St Columba’s Church still offers a “home away from home” for Scots and anyone enjoying Presbyterian worship. Its building is used for many different types of activities — these include, among others, Scottish country dances, school assemblies, addiction support groups, bible study, food and fellowship, weddings, funerals, and many more worship services.

The emblem of the Church of Scotland is a burning bush, and its Latin motto Nec tamen consumebatur (from Exodus 3:2) translates into “Yet it was not consumed.” The congregation of St Columba’s has truly come through fire and not been destroyed. You, too, are welcome, and we hope that you will join us on 1 October 2017 for pictures and music about the Scottish Reformation (4pm), our evening service (5pm), followed by a cup of tea with Scottish shortbread.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


4pm at 67 Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD
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Semper reformanda – The Reformation and the Future of the Church in Europe

Wednesday, 4 October 2017pic

The Reformation always claimed to be, at its heart, a rediscovery of the Gospel. This is an academic conference on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, for clergy, church leaders and theologians, reflecting on the revolution that Luther started in 1517. This year will hold many opportunities to think about the past, but this conference offers an opportunity to look forward as much as backwards and ask, ‘what does the Reformation have to say to the church today, and facing the challenges of Europe in particular in the future?’  It will be a fascinating and important day for the future of the church.  See https://www.stmellitus.org/event/semper-reformanda-reformation-and-future-church-europe


24 Collingham Road, London sw5 0lx
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London Reformation 500 Conference

Friday, 6 October 2017 until Saturday, 7 October 2017

Sinners. Saved. The gospel hasn't always been celebrated in its full, free, Christ-glorifying glory. 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s stand, by faith, on the message of the perfect work of Jesus Christ for sinners, beginning and ending in faith. To enable us to remember, consider and imitate this faith Garry Williams (John Owen Centre), Pete Woodcock (Cornerstone Church Kingston), Kenneth Brownell (ELT Baptist Church and London Seminary) and Ben Virgo (Christian Heritage London) will tell the stories of Luther's life, his discovery, and the massive impact that the Reformation gospel has on the world. Music inspired by the Reformation will be provided by Dei Gratia, and the Christian Heritage London guided walk of the City of London will be given as part of the event. londonreformation500.eventbrite.co.uk


Christian Heritage London, St Botolph without Aldersgate, Aldersgate Street EC1A 4EU
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Reformation Echoes: How some themes from the Reformation speak to us 500 years on — a conversation

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Revd Canon Dr Chris Collingwood (York Minster): Discipleship The Revd Dr Peter Phillips (Durham University: Methodist Minister): Faith and Technology Sister Patricia Harriss CJ (Congregation of Jesus, Bar Convent, York): Faith and national identity Chair: The Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby 7pm. Admission free


Northallerton Methodist Church, High Street, Northallerton DL7 8EG
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Friends of Cathedral Music and Sheffield Cathedral marking 500 years of the Reformation

Friday, 13 October 2017 until Sunday, 15 October 2017

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The Sheffield Diocesan Representative for Friends of Cathedral Music http://www.fcm.org.uk will be hosting what is called a Gathering - a mainly musical and educational meeting at Sheffield Cathedral in October 2017. The theme of the event is the Influence of the Reformation in England.  

The programme for the event will incluce talks mainly about the history and changes to the liturgy and liturgical music and explore why and how the Reformation in England took its unique course from most of the continent. There will be tours of Sheffield Cathedral and its historical links to the Reformation. For more information please contact virge.james@btinternet.com

 


Church St, Sheffield S1 1HA, Storbritannien S1 1HA
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The Reformation and the Anglican church

Friday, 13 October 2017 until Sunday, 15 October 2017

Friends of Cathedral Music and Sheffield Cathedral will be holding a Gathering focusing on the effect of the Reformation on the music , liturgy and architecture of the developing Anglican church ( catholic church reformed ) The meeting is open to non- members of Friends of Cathedral Music . For further information contact gather@fcm.org.uk or virge .james @btinternet.com


Park Holme, 3 Endcliffe Hall Avenue S10 3EL
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Luther 500 - The Musical Legacy

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Led by Andy Watts of The Carnival Band A Saturday workshop exploring the musical heritage of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Also West Gallery Music and similar styles from Britain, Europe and America, as performed today by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. For singers and instrumentalists (number of places limited to 50) At St. Saviour’s Parish Church, Retford Saturday 14th October 2017 10.00am to 4.00pm The workshop leads into a Luther 500 Anniversary Celebration Service at 7.00pm to which everyone is invited


St. Saviour’s Parish Church Welham Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6QW The church entrance is on the corner of Lidget Lane. DN22 6QW
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Luther 500 - The Musical Legacy

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Saturday Workshop from 9.30am arranged jointly by THE CARNIVAL BAND and the Anglican and Methodist Churches of Retford there is a Saturday workshop during which Andy Watts will help paricipants explore the musical heritage of Martin Luther and the Reformation as well as West Gallery Music and other styles as performed today by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. For singers and instrumentalists (number of places limited to 50) followed by A REFORMATION 500 COMMEMORATION SERVICE at 7pm, preacher The Rev Paulina Hlawiczka, Lutheran Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Nottinham to which all are welcome. 9.30am to 5.30pm Reservations: www.eventbrite.co.uk search for Luther 500 Applications: http://www.trinitycircuit.net/events/ Followed by a Luther 500 Anniversary Celebration Service at 7.00pm


St. Saviour’s Parish Church, Welham Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6QW Saturday 14th October 2017 DN22 6QW
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Cantata Evensong

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A complete performance of Bach's Reformation Cantata 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott' BWV 80 at Evensong in Chelmsford Cathedral, with Chelmsford Cathedral Choir, musicians from the Diocese of Karlstad, Sweden, and Eboracum Baroque. The service begins at 3.30 pm and will be followed by a drinks reception and exhibition of early printed books commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Admission is free; all are welcome.


Chelmsford Cathedral, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1EH CM1 1EH
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Responding to the Reformation

Monday, 16 October 2017 until Wednesday, 18 October 2017

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Responding to the Reformation will take place from lunchtime on Monday 16 to lunchtime on Wednesday 18 October 2017 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. It focuses on the Reformation and will be open to everyone working ecumenically at county or national level. More information and details of how to book can be found at

 http://www.cte.org.uk/ReformationConference


The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU
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Reformation 500 - Moving On

Friday, 20 October 2017

Wiltshire Churches Together is hosting an evening of speakers and discussion at Market Lavington Community Hall, Wiltshire. Key speakers: The Revd. Dr. Anna Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Director of Studies, Centre for Formation in Ministry, Sarum College, Salisbury and The Revd. Michael Robertson, Ecumenical Officer on the Commission for Dialogue and Unity, Clifton Diocese.


Market Lavington Community Hall, St Mary's Road, Market Lavington, Wiltshire SN10 4DG
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Wells Festival of Literature

Friday, 20 October 2017

Rt Revd Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington examines Luther's beliefs from a modern perspective, providing an insight into contemporary issues such as sex, freedom, prayer and evil, through the beliefs of a man whose ideas still speak creatively to the modern world. Rt Revd Peter Price, Bishop of Bath & Wells, will introduce Bishop Tomlin


Bishop's Palace, Wells BA5 2PD
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From Conflict to Communion: Still Reforming?

Saturday, 21 October 2017

An Ecumenical Study Day (2pm - 5.15pm) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We will focus on what the Church today can learn from the Reformation. Contributors: John Derry, Colin Carr & Thomas Jantzen. This event is organised by Newcastle churches. All welcome! But it's helpful to let us know in advance for planning purposes. Contact janeteappleby@yahoo.com


Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7BJ NE1 7BJ
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HERE I STAND

Saturday, 21 October 2017

31 October 1517 in a small town in Germany, Martin Luther nailed a piece of paper to the door of his local church. Little did he realise that this act and what followed would change the lives of people across the world and in fact continues to be the catalyst for change 500 years later. This spellbinding production tells a story of protest and consequences, using contemporary music and drama and featuring Vade the sensational a cappella Jazz quintet. HERE I STAND is a modern and unique take on the life of one of history's most powerful influencers, who stood strong for his beliefs and literally changed the world as we know it.


Logan Hall, 20 Bedford way, London WC1H 0AL
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What does it mean to be Reformed today?

Friday, 27 October 2017pic
Professor David Fergusson, Principal of New College, the School of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh, will give a lecture on the theme “What does it mean to be Reformed today?” at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London, SW1X 0BD, at 1:15pm.

1:15pm St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD,
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The Story of the Reformation Conference

Saturday, 28 October 2017

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which began in October 1517, Glastonbury Abbey in association with Strode College’s History, Heritage and Archaeology Degree Programme is hosting a prestigious one-day public conference. Eight expert speakers, including some of the country’s leading historians, will tell the remarkable story of the Reformation and its impact on Europe over three dramatic centuries. The ticket includes lunch served in a marquee in the Abbey grounds and free access to the Abbey throughout the day.


GLASTONBURY TOWN HALL, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9EL
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Bachfest, presented by London Bach Society

Sunday, 29 October 2017 until Sunday, 12 November 2017

The London Bach Society's 27th Bachfest will reflect the 500th anniversary of Luther's Reformation and its influence on Bach's life and music. The programme will be announced in the summer, with the events taking place in various locations in London. The timescale of dates quoted is the period in which the events will take place. See also the LBS website www.bachlive.co.uk for further articles and information.


London SW!
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Reformation Sunday and Church Anniversary

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge presents a number of special Reformation 500 events this year. 

On Reformation Sunday 29 October at 10.30am service and Church Anniversary. Preacherr will be Revd the Lord Griffith of Burry Port of Wesley Chapel, London.  

Further detalis: http://www.wesleycam.org.uk


Christ's Piece, Cambridge CB1 1Lg
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The Word and the Arts: A new Reformation?

Monday, 30 October 2017

Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge presents a number of special Reformation 500 events this year. 

On Monday 30 Octoberr  at 7.15 for 7.45pm Revd Dr Tim Macquiban of the Methodist Ecumenical Centre in Rome lectures on 'The Word and the Arts: A new Reformation?'. 

Free admission. Further detalis: http://www.wesleycam.org.uk


Christ's Piece, Cambridge CB1 1Lg
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London Bach Society's 2017 Bachfest - opening concert

Monday, 30 October 2017

"All that have voice...." Tenebrae Choir, Steinitz Bach Players, Nigel Short director Programme Max Reger: Motet “Der Mensch lebt und bestehet“ Op. 138 J S Bach: Motet “Jesu, meine Freude” BWV 227 Heinrich Schütz: Motet: “Das ist je gewißlich wahr“ SWV 277 J S Bach: Motet “Komm, Jesu, komm” BWV 229 Max Reger: Motet “Nachtlied” Op. 138 -Interval- J S Bach: Lutheran Mass in F BWV 233 J S Bach: Motet “Singet dem Herrn eine neues Lied” BWV 225 Introduction Every evening after supper, the Reformer and Theologian Martin Luther would gather his family together to sing motets. Luther also provided a German-texted Mass, chorales, supported congregational and community singing and retained two movements of the Latin Ordinary for Services to create the “Lutheran Mass”. In similar fashion, Bach and his family would make music together at home and in considering the musical needs of the Lutheran Church, the composer provided cantatas, passions, oratorios….and five Lutheran Masses. Our opening concert to commemorate the Reformation 500th features motets by servants of the Lutheran church: Bach, Heinrich Schütz and Max Reger, plus one of Bach’s settings of the shorter Lutheran Mass, the Mass in F BWV 233, movements of which are reworkings from earlier cantatas. Come and enjoy! The Date: Monday 30 October 2017, 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, London SW1 Tickets £30, £25, £20, £15 on sale from 10 July 2017 From the Box Office, St John’s Smith Square, 020 7222 1061 or online www.sjss.org.uk The theme of the whole Bachfest is "Bach and Luther: Masters and Servants". More Bachfest events will be announced on www.bachlive.co.uk


St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
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Ecumenical Reformation Commemoration Service in Westminster Abbey

Tuesday, 31 October 2017pic

The 500th anniversary of the symbolic start of the Reformation movement when Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses will be remembered this autumn with a Special Service and Symposium at Westminster Abbey, in partnership with the Council of Lutheran Churches.

The Service to mark the anniversary will held in Westminster Abbey on 31st October at Noon. It will be led by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, and the Address will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby. A new anthem, commissioned for the occasion by Danish composer, Bent Sørensen, will be performed by the Westminster Abbey Special Service Choir. Among those attending will be representatives of Lutheran Churches in the United Kingdom and colleagues from other churches representing the diversity of Christianity.

The service will be followed by ‘Liberated by God’s Grace’: a symposium, from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm, in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey.

The symposium will bring together leading academics to analyse the ongoing impact of the Reformation and its effect on subsequent generations, not only for the Church but for social order, identity and culture.  

It will be chaired by the Bishop of Kensington, The Right Reverend Dr Graham Tomlin, with contributors: Professor David Crankshaw, King’s College, London; Professor Eamon Duffy, Magdalene College, Cambridge; The Right Reverend Dr Martin Lind, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain; Professor Robert Stern, Sheffield University; and Professor Alexandra Walsham, Trinity College, Cambridge.

More information may be found at via www.westminster-abbey.org/reformation and tickets (FREE) are available for the service (here) and symposium (here).

 


12 noon Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA
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Ecumenical Service in The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Northampton

Saturday, 4 November 2017

There have been Lutherans in Northamptonshire for many decades since the end of the Second World War, and they will join together with other Christians in this ecumenical service on 4 November 2017 at 12 noon. The initiative for this commemoration has come from members of the Anglican-Lutheran Society. Preacher will be Rt Rev’d Jana Jeruma-Grinberg (Formerly Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain). The service will be followed by refreshments.


Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton NN2 6AG
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Reformation 500 Study Day

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A unique study day led by historian and author Derek Wilson, to explore the history of the English Reformation, its spiritual legacy, and its impact on art. The day will consist of three fascinating illustrated talks by experts. Free parking. All are welcome, please register for a free place by emailing julie@guildford-cathedral.org For more information and to register for a free place visit http://www.guildford-cathedral.org/news/2017/reformation-500-study-day


Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP
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Reformation 500 Study Day

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

As part of our celebrations to mark the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation, join us for a unique study day. We are delighted to welcome Derek Wilson, historian and author and Bishop Christopher Herbert, art expert, to lead this informal day exploring the fascinating themes of Reformation history, its spiritual legacy and its impact on the arts.


Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7UP GU2 7UP
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Norwegian and Finnish Churches host Still Reforming

Sunday, 12 November 2017

After the Great Fire of London in 1666 the timber trade between the Kingdom of Norway–Denmark and England grew to great proportions. Many Norwegians settled in London, and they worked hard to get their own church. In 1692 they formed their first  congregation. The first Danish-Norwegian church was consecrated in Wapping in 1696. It was both parish church as well as a seamen’s church for the many Danish and Norwegian sailors arriving on the Thames.  Today, the Norwegian Church is located in St Olav’s Church in Rotherhithe, which was purpose-built as a seamen’s church and opened in 1927.  Nowadays, between 10,000 and 15,000 Norwegians live permanently in London and have their home away from home at St Olav’s, where services are held every Sunday at 11am.

On a summer’s day in 1882 a young Finnish clergyman, his wife, and his baby son arrived in London. Elis Bergroth was the first person sent abroad by the Finnish Seamen’s Mission, as there was a clear need to help Finns who were experiencing problems during their stay in a foreign country. The word of God needed to be proclaimed in the concrete language of deeds. Countless people have since visited and worked at the Finnish Church in London. The Church is full of stories about people getting help, meeting long lost friends and experiencing the miraculous effects of sauna. New stories are created every day. The Church is an important meeting place for Finns living in and visiting the British Isles. The present church building dates from 1958 and is the third Finnish Church in London. It has a church hall, a cafeteria, a shop, a hostel, and a sauna. Holy Mass is held on the first Sunday of each month at 11am mainly in Finnish.

On 12 November 2017 we will be holding a joint Remembrance Sunday service at 10:50am, followed by a fellowship lunch where we look forward to hosting you.

The annual joint Christmas fair will be held in Albion Street the following weekend, 17–19 November 2017.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


10.50am at St.Olav’s Square, 1 Albion Street, London SE16 7JB
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Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church hosts Still Reforming

Friday, 1 December 2017pic

The Parish of the Most Holy Trinity, Dockhead is delighted delighted to welcome newcomers in December 2017 for fellowship and a service remembering events and changes triggered by the Reformation.

The parish finds its origins going back to Bermondsey Abbey pre-dating AD 715.  The First Mission was established in 1773. A chapel was built in 1782. A new church was built in 1835, the first Catholic Church to be built on a main road.  The Sisters of Mercy arrived in 1839 to support and initiate Catholic education for the poor. The Church was destroyed in the bombing of London in 1945, killing three of its priests. Much change was now to come to Bermondsey. The New Church by architect Goodheart-Rendal was consecrated in 1960.

Bermondsey has always had strong Catholic links, particularly with the Irish immigrants.  The Parish suffered in the 1960s and 70s because of many inner-city problems but in the 1990s it took on a new life.  It is now a vibrant, worshipping community, with a regular congregation of up to 500 people each week, sharing Eucharistic worship. The Parish shares an inclusive and international liturgical life based on the Second Vatican liturgical reforms. It has a generous awareness of those around the world who are in need and is always trying to develop strong links with the local community. 

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


6pm, Dockhead, London SE1 2BS
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