Wednesday 1st April 2015 Atheism or belief: Which is evidence based? 61 Whitehall, London
A televised dialogue event chaired by BBC’s Catrin Nye with Dr Arif Ahmed, senior lecturer on Philosophy at Cambridge University, a leading advocate of atheism, and Ayaz Mahmood Khan, a scholar of comparative religion. The format will consist of short talks followed by a facilitated dialogue between speakers before being opened up to the audience. The event is ticketed and they can be purchased here. Or contact the St Matthew's church office for complimentary tickets.
Saturday 4th April 2015, 6pm Service of Baptism and Confirmation St Paul's Cathedral, London WC2H 8EP
Officiated by the Bishop of London. If you wish to explore baptism or confirmation further, please do speak to one of the clergy or write your name on the enquiry sheet at church.
Friday 10th April 2015, 7.30pm Brandenburg Choral Festival: Ethereal Echoes St Paul's, Covent Garden
A fundraising concernt on behalf of the Depaul homeslessness charity in the heart of Covent Garden at the beautiful Actors' Church with a feast of choral music, courtesy of The Chapel Choir of Exeter College, Oxford. For more information and tickets, please click here.
Monday 13th April 2015, 6-8pm Meet the Neighbours St Mary le Strand
All are welcome to visit this beautiful and richly decorated Queen Anne church, designed by James Gibbs. The event will commence with said Evensong (BCP), followed by a talk about the ministry of the parish and plans for the future along with tours of the building and light refreshments.
Monday 13th April 2015, 7-8.30pm Towards a Politics for the Common Good St Martin-in-the-Fields
A pre-election debate with a panel of eminent parliamentarians from different political parties and denominations to discuss their approaches to key election issues in the light of Christian social and ethical teaching. How can we, as we exercise our democratic right to vote, best serve the Christian principles we believe in? Is it possible to see the issues of our time through a different lens? Can we work together to cultivate a politics for the common good? The event is free and open to all.
Rebecca Hussey's Book Charity was established by her will in 1714 and provides religious and other useful books to institutions in the United Kingdom. To celebrate the 300th anniversary, the Trustees, with the generous support of Sion College, would like to invite you to this commemorative lecture given by Professor Oliver Davies of King's College, London on 'Reading theologically'. There is no charge for attendance, but places are limited and a ticket will be required to gain entrance to Lambeth Palace. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Thursday 23rd April 2015, 7pm St George's Day Mass St Saviour's, Pimlico
A festal Mass for St George is being celebrated at St Saviour's, Pimlico. The preacher will be Bishop Graeme Knowles and the music for the Mass will be sung by Canticum. A warm welcome is extended to all who may wish to attend this joyous event.
Saturday 25th April 2015, 10am St Matthew's Parish Walk Starting at St Matthew's House
Oscar the dog has kindly offered to lead a parish walk around Trent Country Park assisted by Eithne Risner. The group will meet at St Matthew's House at 10am promptly and then travel on via the tube. Lunch will be at a cafe in the Park, to which you are welcome to bring your own sandwiches if you prefer. If you would like to come on the walk, please email the office here or sign up at church. Oscar is looking forward to the walk immensely and promises to stay mainly on the path!
Sunday 26th April 2015, 12.15pm Annual Parochial Church Meeting Trevelyan Hall
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is an important occasion in the life of a parish when we elect churchwardens and members of the PCC, and when we give account to one another for our stewardship of the church. Please do attend this meeting if you can.
Tuesday 5th May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm Faith Matters: Question Time Mount Street Jesuit Centre, W1K 3AH
The next Faith Matters Question Time will be 2 days before the General Election and address the important topic: 'The General Election: What's Religion got to with it?' On the panel will be: Lord Glasman of Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill, Dr Laura Keynes (journalist and author), Alex Macqueen (Actor from the 'The Thick of It') and Revd Lucy Winkett (Rector, St James', Piccadilly). There is a suggested £7 donation on the door. Booking is essential, please register here.
Sunday 10th May Celebratory Parish Lunch St Matthew's Westminster
In honour of Fr Philip Chester's twentieth anniversary at St Matthew's, a special parish lunch is being held after Mass. It would be lovely to see as many people as possible on this joyous occasion and there will undoubtedly be a good supply of hospitality on hand!
Saturday 16th May, 11.30am-5pm Prayer Ministry Training Day St Joseph the Worker, Northolt, UB5 6JS
A training day for all those currently involved in, or curious about, prayer ministry within church. This day is organised by 'On Fire Mission' a network rooted in the Church of England that is dedicated to promoting charismatic renewal blended with the riches of Catholic spirituality. The day will cover such topics as the practicalities of prayer minstry, its biblical basis, and why Anglo-Catholics might get involved. There will be a collection on the day to cover the cost of a simple lunch and handouts. It is necessary to book a place on this course and this can be done either by phoning 020 8422 3775 or via email here.
Monday 18th - Saturday 23rd May Diocescan Week of Prayer St Paul's Cathedral
For the whole week leading up to Pentecost, the Chapel of St Michael and St George at St Paul's Cathedral will be used as an interactive prayer space by the Diocese, inviting all people from its 400 parishes and beyond to come to the Cathedral for what the Bishop of London describes as 'authentic prayer', around the theme of 'journeys' - whether that be our personal or faith journeys. You are welcome to come along at any time during the week or, if you prefer, to book a slot here. For further information, please email here.
Friday 29th May, 11.30am-3pm On Preaching: A Day with Fr Ed Foley Mount Street Jesuit Centre, W1K 3AH
A study day on preaching organised jointly by the College of Preachers and Mount Street Jesuit Centre. Fr Ed Foley is Professor of Spirituality, Liturgy and Music at Catholic Theological Union of Chicago and an award winning author. There is a recommended £10 donation and please do bring a packed lunch. To book a place please email Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ.
8.00 Holy Eucharist (1662) 11.00 SOLEMN MASS (Common Worship)