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Young explorers go for God C hris Klompas believes that God is calling him to be a shepherd in Africa. Currently he’s a Bible-college trained intern at King’s Cliffe village church. It stretches the usual definition of “vocation” a bit far, even when you add that sheep farming in Lesotho is part of a long term mission project. For two years he will live with and learn from remote mountain farmers, developing relationships that future church planters will build on. Vocation is about more than

ordination or licensed lay ministry, as over 30 young people were reminded on a cold February Saturday in Kettering at the first LifeCall conference. Nicola May, a vicar from north London and an associate of CPAS who co-sponsored the day, told her audience that “You can be a banker for Jesus and a plasterer for Jesus. Your primary call is to discipleship. But we all have a secondary call to discern our gifts and what God wants us to do.” She added that those gifts may vary or be added to through life. Lavinia Sallis is less clear about

God’s call. Currently an intern at Emmanuel Weston Favell she’s spending a year between school and university helping with children’s and young people’s work. She hopes a university course in music, or theology and performing arts, will equip her for future youth work. She wasn’t alone in her uncertainty. Hannah Jeffery, chaplain at Bishop Stopford School and diocesan Continuing Ministerial Development Officer, led a workshop on “I don’t know what I’m called to”. Almost half the people present signed up for it. But they are keen to explore the questions and are willing to serve

God in the world. Honorary Assistant Bishop Lindsay Urwin told the conference that “ministers are errand boys and girls”, who have “moved from self-control to God-control”. As our intern scheme expands (and not all interns are young in years), fresh opportunities to explore will open up. “Don’t believe that if you miss his call at first you are therefore on the scrapheap,” said Nicola May. A vocation, in reality, is discipleship in action. A fuller version of this article is available on the diocesan website. There will also be a report on the Bishop’s Bible Day “Faith at work” on the website. Above: Bishop Lindsay Urwin in discussion at the LifeCall conference.

Chris Komplas and Lavinia Sallis at the conference


Familiar robes


Graceful wedding

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School boost

Week of celebration for St Barnabas St Barnabas’ Church in Wellingborough is planning a week of celebrations, from 15-23 June, to mark the 50th anniversary of its consecration. Events include a flower festival, an archive exhibition including records of the destruction by fire of the earlier church building, a film show, a children’s fun day, a concert and special services of thanksgiving. For details call 01933 226730.

News from the wider church “Don’t redefine marriage” In its submissions to government on same-sex marriage, the Church has stressed that in canon law marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage would therefore be illegal in a church. The Bishop of Leicester said heterosexual marriage “is a social institution that predates the church and state and has been part of the glue that binds societies together.” He added that marriage confers no more legal benefits than civil partnerships.

Food for all? IF only… Outside the old St Barnabas

Inside the new St Barnabas

Weekend away is first for youth group Thirteen members of the youth group at St Mary’s Church in Rushden, with five leaders, braved sub-zero temperatures at the Frontier Centre at Irthlingborough in February. The weekend away was a first for the group and things soon warmed up with TV-style quizzes, a movie night, Bible studies on John 4, plenty of pizza, and an archery contest (the girls won). “The weekend helped the dynamics of the group immensely and was a great way to really focus on God together,” said Sandra Taylor, one of the leaders.

Tuning up for Rock Mass at Castor “A party in the presence of God, to the glory of God” is how the Rock Mass at St Kyneburgha’s Church at Castor near Peterborough was described when it first took place last year. A DVD was made of the event which was attended by people of all ages. With a live band, light show, incense, sermon and full celebration of the Eucharist, it was a truly memorable occasion, rounded off by beer and chilli con carne (or coke for the numerous under 18s). The theme of the service was Love, and the youthful Father Ben Archibald preached and celebrated. Rock Mass will take place again on Friday 22 March, at 7pm, and the celebrant will be the even younger priest, Father Gavin Cooper. Anyone is welcome, although tickets at £4 are needed for the supper. This year’s theme is Hope. For more information call 01733 380900.

Hat-trick for Welford Churchwarden A special Evensong was held at St Mary’s, Welford, when Mr John Haynes passed three remarkable milestones. He had served on the PCC for 55 years, as a churchwarden for 46 years and it was his 80th birthday. He was presented with commemorative gifts and shared a special cake with the congregation. Fellow churchwarden, Mick Morson, expressed the whole community’s appreciation of John’s commitment, dedication and continued service to the church. 02 CROSSKEYS SPRING 2013

The C of E is one of 100 organisations backing the IF campaign urging governments, companies and citizens to take steps to end global hunger. The world provides enough food to feed 7 billion people, yet 1 billion go hungry. The church has also highlighted the fact that half the world’s food is said to be wasted, and is urging members to support another campaign, Food matters. In addition, it is calling for prayers for UK farmers who are facing income cuts of up to 50% because of the bad weather. See;

Care crisis challenge The Bishop of Carlisle, who leads the Church on healthcare matters, has revealed that 800,000 people who need social care do not receive formal help. “There is a moral duty for the state to put in place appropriately funded care and support services which are affordable and fit for purpose,” he says. He adds that, following a report that one third of people who need care are under 65 years of age, “any solution to the current crisis must address their needs as well.”

Shock at disrespect The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds has expressed shock at discovering the lack of support and respect given by officials to asylum seekers. Seekers are here “because they are scared,” he says, as many are fleeing from religious persecution. Alarmingly low levels of support are forcing thousands of children and families seeking safety into severe and even life-threatening poverty, he adds.

Metal theft “delight” The Church has expressed delight that the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill has cleared the legislative process and is proceeding to Royal Assent. It follows a two-year campaign led by the church and will regulate the scrap metal trade and ban anonymous cash transactions. It is hoped that this will lead to a reduction in metal theft from churches and public buildings.

Life-blood call A campaign launched by the NHS and several denominations including the C of E aims to raise the profile of the need for more blood and organ donors. Being willing to give blood or donate organs can be seen as much as a part of stewardship as giving money and time, the Bishop of Carlisle said. There is information at

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World caught unawares by Arab Spring Dr Sean Oliver-Dee, Diocesan Inter Religious Adviser, recently led a study day in Corby on The Arab Spring, looking at the nations and religious groups involved and the impact on Christians across the world. Here he takes up those themes.


any of us will have watched with vague excitement the events unfolding all over the Middle East and North Africa over late 2010 and 2011. Lots of commentators tried to interpret the events for us, explaining how the social media, or unemployment or youth aspiration had all built the pressure which finally blew apart the status quo. But the truth is that the watching world was caught entirely by surprise and has been playing catch-up ever since. What happens in the Middle East matters to everyone, no matter where you are - the oil and gas in the region make it vital for the world’s economy and when things destabilize, our prices increase. Not only that, the Muslims who live in our towns are really excited about the

events in the Arab world; for although the vast majority are from the Subcontinent, the Middle East is the

heartland of Islam and a key focus of attention. So the events of 2011 have been hugely energizing for Muslims all over the UK, including those in our diocese. Indeed, in February Peterborough played host to Dr Azzam Tamimi, a Palestinian Muslim academic, who spoke on the impact of the Arab Spring at

a meeting run by UK Islamic Mission. Many Muslims have paralleled the Arab Spring with the Iranian revolution of 1979, which also galvanized Muslim diaspora communities. The difference this time is that, whilst in 1979 Muslims saw Islam triumphant for the first time in centuries, now, even though many Islamist parties have come to power, the focus is on the fact that people in the Middle East have been able to effect change in their countries for the first time in decades. Of course the future looks very uncertain for the

Christians in many of these countries. We certainly need to be praying for them in the short term and seeking to find out what practical things we might do as part of God’s family to support them. But the long-term is by no means set yet: too many dynamics are in play to make any meaningful predictions. As the Arab Spring has reminded us, what seems certain now can be overturned completely in a few short months.


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Christians active in Egypt


gypt has the largest Christian community in the Middle East, Wagih Abdelmassih, pastor of the London Arabic Evangelical Church, told the Corby study day on the Arab Spring. The number may be higher than the official 8% because converts from Islam (and there are a steady number) cannot hold a Christian ID card on which the figures are based. In November 2011, a crowd in excess of 50,000 converged on the Cave Church near Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the scene of the original protests, chanting

the name of Jesus. Wagih said he hoped that the newly-formed Council of Christian churches would not engage in political games but “go for prayer and support politicians from inside the church”. Islamists were well prepared when governments crumbled, he said; “the people who went onto the streets wanted change but had no plan and weren’t politically prepared to take over.” However, he added that Libya, which is 99% Muslim, had rejected an Islamist regime.

Wagih Abdelmassih, of the London Arabic Evangelical Church


Archbishop Justin will wear “Cundy cope” For anyone aware of Peterborough Diocesan life, pictures of the enthronement of our new Archbishop, Justin Welby, may have a strangely familiar look about them. This is because the cope and mitre he will be wearing are the very same ones worn by the late Bishop Ian. The cope was a leaving gift to Bishop Ian from St John’s College and Cranmer Hall in Durham when he left to become Bishop of Peterborough in 1992. They were embroidered by the renowned ecclesiastical designer Juliet Hemingray.

The late Bishop Ian Cundy in his cope and mitre.

“This set of vestments has very special associations for me and the family and so we retained them in the hope that one day this ‘mantle’ would pass to the right person,” says Jo Cundy, Bishop Ian’s widow. “And so it did! Justin Welby was a student at Cranmer Hall during our last three years there; both families worshipped at the same

Good childhood theme for STARBURST conference


im Davis (right), Good Childhood Adviser to The Children’s Society, is coming to All Saints Primary School in Northampton on Saturday 11 May when he is the keynote speaker at the STARBURST children’s work conference. The conference is an annual highlight for parents, Godparents, children’s workers and anyone helping children in the church. It provides a host of ideas, inspiration and practical tips for encouraging children in their faith.

church and we became good friends. So when Justin was appointed Bishop of Durham we decided to offer the vestments to him – they found a new life and fitted him perfectly!” On his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby declined to have new robes made for his enthronement and will be wearing the “Cundy cope”, as it has become known. “Ian would have been delighted,” said Jo, “never could we have imagined that within a year of receiving the robes Justin would be nominated as Archbishop and the cope and mitre would be en route to Canterbury!”

Archbishop Justin Welby, wearing the “Cundy cope” as Bishop of Durham.

Bishop gets a woolly mitre! A group of artists in Peterborough have “yarn bombed” Bishop John with a knitted mitre and scarf to celebrate their group’s second birthday and to recognise the work of a public figure. Yarn bombing is an internationally recognised form of knitted graffiti – trees and statues are sometimes clothed with purpose-made

adornments – but the Peterborough group, Made in Peterborough, prefer to present their efforts legally to living people. The Mayor of Peterborough, George Simons, and Sophie Antonelli from the Peterborough Green Back Yard community garden, were also “bombed” with appropriate knitwear at the same time.

Jim has worked for The Children’s Society for 29 years in community, youth and social work. Whilst in Bath and North East Somerset he specialised in working with rural and traveller communities. At STARBURST he will be talking about the key elements that create a better childhood. Tickets for STARBURST are £10 per person and are available from 01604 887048 or book online at 04 CROSSKEYS SPRING 2013

Yarn bombed: The Mayor of Peterborough, Cllr George Simons with Sophie Antonelli of Peterborough Green Back Yard, and Bishop John.

Wedding arranged in three days - thanks to God’s grace and helpful people A phone call on a Friday afternoon was to change my weekend in so many ways, says Canon Káren Jongman. It gave me another insight into God’s amazing grace.


he call was from the Chaplain at Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton, asking if I would marry a couple as soon as possible. Darren and Clair (right) had planned their wedding for 2013 but Clair’s mother was terminally ill. Not surprisingly she wanted to see her daughter married. I phoned the Parish Priest at St Alban’s Church, Northampton. He was going on holiday but helpfully arranged for the necessary Marriage Registers and Certificates to be available. At 3.50pm I phoned the Archbishop’s Faculty Office in London (it closes at 4pm). To my sheer surprise and joy Neil Turpin, the Registrar, answered and couldn’t have been more helpful. Within the hour all the necessary forms and procedural notes had arrived on my computer. I spoke to Clair by phone and arranged to meet her and Darren early on Saturday morning. We spoke about their decision and their desire to be married, not now in church but with Clair’s mother and some close family

members, in the Hospice Chapel. We completed the forms, signed them, then phoned Bishop John. That afternoon he kindly gave his authority to marry the couple under an emergency special licence. Then David Staveley, a helpful parishioner, scanned and emailed the completed forms to Neil, the Registrar. Neil approved them the same afternoon, and forwarded an Affidavit and Commission which was CLAIR’S MOTHER WAS sworn by Clair late TERMINALLY ILL. NOT on Saturday SURPRISINGLY SHE evening. WANTED TO SEE HER On Sunday DAUGHTER MARRIED. morning David returned and to scan and forward the some prayers, the marriage forms back to Neil for his of Clair and Darren took approval. place before God in the beautifully decorated At 9pm on Sunday evening Hospice Chapel. The I received a telephone call marriage was witnessed to say the marriage could by close family and friends proceed, followed by an and most importantly by email of confirmation. Joanne, Clair’s mother, I collected the marriage who sadly died in the early registers on Monday hours of Tuesday morning. morning from the Churchwarden at St Alban’s It was a truly heavenly occasion which I was and, after a short rehearsal

privileged to be part of, thanks to the gracious help of Neil the Registrar, David our helpful parishioner, the Churchwarden at St Alban’s, the nurses and staff at Cynthia Spencer Hospice and God’s amazing timing. Canon Káren Jongman is Priest in Charge of Walgrave with Hannington, Wold and Scaldwell

New, free course gets down to basics A new, six session evening class called Seeds of Faith begins in May, looking at the basics of the Christian faith. The course is ideal for anyone wanting to find out more about what being a Christian means, or who is perhaps considering Baptism or Confirmation. There is no charge for the sessions, which will be held on Wednesdays

at 7.30pm, at Bouverie Court in Northampton. They start on 8 May and carry on each week until 12 June.

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Foundation Governors play a vital role today Foundation Governors have a vital role in upholding the Christian ethos of Church schools and provide an essential link between the school and the wider Church. Here some of our Foundation Governors talk about what they do.

The school Eucharist service at St Kyneburgha’s Church, Castor

Sally Leeds, Castor CEVC Primary School Our role is to be active in all parts of the school life, giving support and encouragement to the school community. Underpinning all of this is our own Christian faith and belief. Over the past 19 months the school, in partnership with the local church, has introduced a whole school Eucharist that takes place in church each term. The church pastoral team, the Foundation Governors, Head Teacher and Deputy Head all worked together to ensure that the service worked at all levels. Steve Gerrard, Peakirk cum Glinton CEVA Primary School I have a management background and this helps me to support the school in the management of Core Policy, and to be a critical friend when key decisions are made within the full governing body. Not just the educational landscape, but also the wider social and economic landscape is changing. This certainly

impacts on our schools. The role of Foundation Governor is hugely important to protecting and maintaining the future stability and sustainability of the Church schools. Foundation Governors have the opportunity to make a difference in guiding their school to develop its full potential, which is hugely rewarding. Julie Rowley, St Luke’s CEVA Primary School; Kislingbury CEVC Primary School As Foundation Governor I take part in the wider Religious Education (RE) curriculum, for example, I visited the Gudvara with year 3 children. I also represent the Foundation Governors in Head teacher recruitment, contribute to Ofsted and Section 48 Inspections and review of RE policies and practices. I can be a support to the pupils and staff, but in particular to the Head Teacher in ensuring that the governors have a special concern for RE and collective worship, and that there is adequate finance to support RE.

Is God calling you to be a Foundation Governor? Becoming a Foundation Governor is a calling into God’s service and a valued Christian ministry. If you think you could offer your skills in this way, find out more about the role on our website at: or call the Education Department on 01604 887006 06 CROSSKEYS SPRING 2013

Doug keeps school links alive Last year Bishop Donald appointed the Revd Doug Spenceley (right) as Bishop’s Vicar for church schools. So far as we know, this is a unique appointment in the whole Church of England. Bishop Donald asks all parish clergy to build and maintain strong links with both church and community schools in their parishes. Doug’s role is to maintain that link when the parish is vacant with no incumbent. This is what he says about his role. What a joy and privilege it is to be Bishop’s Vicar for Church Schools! Schools hold the parish priest and the work he or she does in schools in high regard. When the parish goes into interregnum, the link with parish and priest is sometimes disrupted and schools often experience feelings of great loss. “We value the regular input of (the rector) and miss him very much,” one Head teacher told me recently. This is where my role comes in. I support these schools

during the interregnum by trying to fill that gap. I help with assemblies and RE and provide pastoral and spiritual support for the whole school community, especially in times of great need. I also work with the parish, perhaps discussing with the wardens and the PCC how they can maintain or develop better links with the school. Currently I have 11 schools on my books. An added bonus is that I am available to the parish to preside and preach at their Sunday Eucharist, an offer that has been gladly seized upon! I’m happy to discuss how I might be of help in your particular parish.

Contact Doug Spenceley on 01604 887060, or by email at

Fond farewell to Phillip St James CEVA Primary School in Northampton was sad to say goodbye to the Revd Canon Dr Phillip Nixon on his recent retirement. Phillip supported the school as parish priest and governor for many years, firmly upholding its Christian character. Head teacher, Julie Barke, said she greatly valued his advice and listening ear as she works to provide an inclusive approach in this multi-cultural school. In its 2011 inspection the school was judged “outstanding” in its Photo (from left): Julie Christian distinctiveness and Barke, Hilary Nixon, Phillip Nixon, Archdeacon Christine. effectiveness.

Change with care boosts school P hilip Cantwell chats with students in the atrium. Judging from the body language and laughter, you might not guess he was the Principal; there’s an air of mutual respect around the table. Nearby is a coffee bar, and beneath the gently curving overhead walkways in what used to be a 1500seat auditorium but now is a social hub, a teacher works at a laptop, sixth formers pore over their books, and early diners consume their lunch.

Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton, formerly Unity College and before that Trinity Upper School, isn’t what it was. Its latest Ofsted report rated it as “good with outstanding features”. One student told inspectors: “This place has changed, it has changed me. I used to be naughty, but now I am learning.” That is due in part to Philip Cantwell who

became Principal in 2010. The son of a London docker, who has been head of two independent schools, he introduced a new ethos to the struggling Church secondary school. The school is now sponsored by the David Ross Foundation, with the Church as a minority but still significant partner. Bishop Donald is a member of the Foundation’s board. younger ones. A “code of ten Behaviour and safety are manners” sets out expected now rated as “outstanding” standards of behaviour. by Ofsted. There is zero Students are clad smartly in tolerance of violence and drugs. And 89% of last year’s navy and gold uniforms, with sixth formers in suits. GCSE students achieved a grade C or better in English: The school doesn’t parade not bad for a school where its Church links strongly, only half are “white English”. but claims to “develop a culture of achievement, There are eight “houses” rooted in Christian values but each with a full-time nonwelcoming students of all teaching “manager” giving faiths or none.” Northampton pastoral care to 150 or so Area Dean 11-18 yearCanon David olds. Staff ONE STUDENT Wiseman is a from cleaners TOLD INSPECTORS: trustee, and a to teachers “THIS PLACE regular visitor belong HAS CHANGED, to the school. too. Older All students IT HAS CHANGED students take GCSE RE mentor ME. I USED TO in Year 9 and BE NAUGHTY, Philip Cantwell BUT NOW I AM hopes demand LEARNING.” will build for A Level RE. Currently there is no chaplain despite attempts to recruit one. A full-time intern, Susan Waters, recruited through Diocesan Youth Officer Pete

White, runs the chapel and Christian groups. Philip, a Roman Catholic who sometimes attends his village Anglican church, would like both a chaplain and an intern. There will be 30-40 students in the chapel most lunchtimes, he says. There is a separate multi-faith prayer room. In the past, there were often vacancies at the school. Now it is over-subscribed. Half its 240 intake is reserved for students from the town’s church primaries or church families; 24 places are for music specialists. The rest are allocated strictly on proximity; “I’ve no intention of creating a fresh catchment,” Philip Cantwell says. “This is a community school.” Fingering his coffee cup in the atrium, a shadow passes over his face. “But I wish more church families would apply to us,” he adds. Philip Cantwell was speaking to Derek Williams.

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Portico Magazine Welcome to extracts from the Autumn Winter 2012 edition of our Cathedral magazine, Portico. Published twice a year our intention is that Portico (also meaning door) should provide an open door for finding out more about our magnificent Cathedral Church, which may well inspire a visit in the future.

NEWS UP Sounds Good! We were delighted to receive a wonderfully generous grant of £100,000 from the Kirby Laing Foundation. The Trustees dedicated their gift towards the sound system in the Cathedral, and the grant means we have now been able to progress with Phase Two of the upgrade. This will have a huge impact on visitors to the Cathedral, and ensure that major services can be enjoyed – and most importantly heard! by all those who come to worship with us.

Nave Sanctuary Furniture A number of gifts received last year have been dedicated towards the replacement of the Nave Sanctuary Furniture, and we have already been able to add another Presidential Chair in memory of the late Bishop of Peterborough, the Right Reverend Ian Cundy. This scheme also includes appropriate chairs for clergy and servers as well as benches and desks for the choir. The first of the twelve sanctuary chairs (hand made in oak by local craftsmen) is now in place as the Deacon’s Chair. In return for a donation of £2,500 these Ministers’ Chairs make a wonderful memorial gift. Contact Canon Richard Cattle on 01733 355315 for further information.

Farewell Andrew Reid

If you would like to read the full 12 page version or our corresponding Events and Service Guide please visit our website where you can subscribe to a hard copy sent by post or an electronic copy sent by email, alternatively call 01733 355315 or simply send an email to the ‘Portico’ editor Sarah McGhie:

The Very Reverend Charles Taylor, Dean of Peterborough

It is with great sadness that we have bid farewell to our Director of Music, Andrew Reid, as he moved on to pastures new. In autumn 2012, Andrew joined the Royal School of Church Music as its Director. This is a post of national and international significance and we congratulate him on this wonderful achievement in his career. An important figure in our Cathedral community for 8 years, Andrew is greatly missed by staff, congregation and choristers alike. He leaves with us the legacy of a vastly developed Choir, and we will ensure it continues to progress under the guidance of the new Director of Music. In the meantime, the Choir is in the most capable hands of our Assistant Director, David Humphreys.

Hop Hop Hooray! The installation of the new drainage hoppers was completed last year and with the level of rain we experienced, we were thankful we proceeded with this essential work when we did! The hoppers have been working splendidly, and have prevented inevitable water damage to our wonderful painted Nave Ceiling. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this proactive venture, especially our lead donors the Headley Trust and the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England.

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“Send down your Holy Spirit on your servant Jenny for the office and work of a deacon in your Church.” With these words of prayer, the Bishop ordained Jenny Opperman on Sunday 1st July 2012 to serve and train as a part-time, self-supporting curate at the Cathedral. Jenny, who is married to Mike Opperman, a lay member of Chapter, writes:

“Thank you all so much for all your support, encouragement and prayers received leading up to and during the first few weeks after my Ordination to the diaconate. My Ordination day is one I will never forget. Full of joy, love and excitement and surrounded by so many of my friends and family, the Day seemed to go in a flash. Following a wonderful silent retreat at Launde Abbey, the Diocesan Retreat House, seven of us from the Diocese prepared and took a great step of faith into the world of the diaconate. I am delighted to be serving my title in our great Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew and to have the expert guiding hand of the Dean, The Very Reverend Charles Taylor, as my training incumbent. The first few weeks have been a whirl of activity as I have started to learn about all the varying teams of people both employed and voluntary who keep this great ‘ship’ sailing across the Fens. One of the most nourishing aspects of my new role is that I am able to begin each working day with Morning Prayer and Holy Communion with representatives of our community and to end each working day with Choral Evensong or Evening Prayer. This means a great deal to me and sustains my entire ministry. I look forward to seeing you in the Cathedral. Please come and say hello to me!”



I started as Education Officer at the Cathedral after nearly twenty years as a teacher, and later Deputy Head at Matley Primary School in Peterborough. Whilst a totally different teaching environment to a school, I relished the chance to embark on a new chapter in my career. The Cathedral provides a wonderful environment for education. We work with schools to provide a meaningful and challenging learning experience that fits with their curriculum needs. This means planning each visit with individual schools to provide exactly what they need. We also host a number of different events for schools and young people during the year. These range from our pre-school Nativity in December and Church Schools’ Days which are held in June, to the Peterborough Interfaith Council’s UN Children’s Day Celebration in November. Our central goal remains the same to develop children’s understanding of the Cathedral as a place of worship and a centre of their community. We’ve recently had new interactive equipment installed in the Education Centre, which will be moved over when the new Heritage and Education Centre is complete. Such equipment is essential in this era of technology, not only for providing exciting new methods through which to engage learners, but to assist with the delivery to a whole range of user groups, including those with physical and intellectual disabilities. Through continued engagement with local schools we have already doubled the number of school visits to the Cathedral in the last year. Looking forwards, and with new facilities on the horizon, we aim to increase this much further and work more closely with schools in the outer regions of the Diocese.

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WHAT’S ON April Tuesday 2 April, A Poet’s Year, lunchtime lecture at St John the Baptist, Peterborough PE1 1NH, by poet in residence, Pete Cox. 1pm-1.45pm. http://stjohnscic. Thursday 4 April, Organ Recital 1.10pm-2pm at All Saints Church, Northampton NN1 1DF. Admission free with retiring collection. www. Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 April, Cowslip and Fritillary Day. 2pm to 4pm at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold NN10 0SR. Plants and teas. Saturday 13 April, The Wihan Quartet. Leoš Čepický, violin, Jan Schulmeister, violin, Jirí Žigmund, viola, Aleš Kasprík, cello. 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Lyddington LE15 9LR. www. v


Sunday 14 April, Miscarriage, Still-birth and Infant Loss Baby Remembrance Service. 3.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Easton Neston NN12 6YY. 01327 350459. Wednesday 17 April, Reading the Old Testament (LF3). Six Wednesdays from 17 April. Explore the background to the Old Testament and its theology. 7.30pm at St Columba’s, Corby NN17 1LG. £40 for whole course. 01604 887049. Thursday 18 April, Pastoral Care in Ministry and Mission (LF5). Six Thursdays from 18 April. Explore how pastoral care is part

of ministry and mission. 7.30pm at Bouverie Court, Northampton. £40 for whole course. 01604 887049. Thursday 18 April, Ethics — Responding to Moral Issues (LF7). Six Thursdays from 18 April. A brief history of ethics and the development of the Christian tradition. 7.30pm at Bouverie Court, Northampton. 01604 887049. Saturday 20 April Organ Recital by Thomas Heywood. Music for all tastes. 7.30pm at Higham Ferrers, St Mary the Virgin NN10 8BT. Tickets £10 from 01933 276433.

May Thursday 2 May, Organ Recital 1.10pm-2pm at All Saints Church, Northampton NN1 1DF. Admission free with retiring collection. Wednesday 8 May, Seeds of Faith. Six Wednesdays, from 8 May, on the basics of the Christian faith. 7.30pm at Bouverie Court, Northampton. Free. 01604 887049. Saturday 11 May, STARBURST children’s work conference. 10am—4pm at All Saints School, Northampton NN8 1LS. £10 per person. 01604 887048. Saturday 11 May, Alison Balsom on trumpet and Tom Poster on piano. 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Lyddington, LE15 9LR. Sunday 12 May, Daventry Deanery Big Event. 3.30pm Games and activities, 4.15pm

picnic, 5pm Deanery Communion Service. At St Mary’s Church, Everdon NN11 3BL. 01788 890298. Friday 17 May, Peterborough Big Band concert at St Matthew’s Church, Eye PE6 7UP. Tickets £5. 01733 222334. Thursday 23 May, Rwandan Bishop, Nathan Amooti, at Oundle. Bishop Nathan will be speaking of his life and ministry in Rwanda. 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Oundle PE8 4AL. 01832 275675.

June Saturday 1 June, Managing Churchyards for Wildlife. A workshop covering the importance of churchyards for wildlife and what you can do to enhance yours. 10am - 4pm at Newton Bromswold NN10 0SR. £35 per person. Details from Northants Wildlife Trust on 01604 774031. Saturday 1 June, Growing a healing ministry workshop led by Russ Parker, Acorn Christian Foundation. For those involved in pastoral care and Christian listening. 10am - 4.30pm at Emmanuel Church, Werrington PE4 5DT. £10 per person. Booking forms from 01733 576541. From 7pm - 9.30pm Russ Parker will be speaking on Healing Wounded Churches. All welcome. Tuesday 4 June - Tuesday 9 July, Faith at Work LF13. Six Tuesdays from 4 June. Explore the theology of work and its Biblical basis, human identity and the value of

work. 7.30pm at Bouverie Court, Northampton. 01604 887049. Saturday 8 June, Britten, Tipett, Vaughan Williams concert at Peterborough Cathedral. Rejoice in the Lamb, Hymn to St Cecilia (Britten); Spirituals from A Child of our Time (Tippett); Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams). Cathedral Choir and Festival Chorus directed by Robert Quinney. Tickets from 01733 452336 or via Saturday 15 June, The Gonzaga Band. Faye Newton, soprano, Jamie Savan, cornetto, Jacob Herringman, lute, Stephen Devine, virginals, Susanna Pell, viola da gamba. 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Lyddington LE15 9LR. www. Saturday 22 June, The strings of the Harborough Collective, directed by David Le Page. 7.30pm at St Barnabas Church, Wellingborough NN8 3HA. 01933 226730. Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 June, Brigstock Festival of Saints in Flowers. 10am - 5pm at St Andrew’s Church, Brigstock NN14 1DF. Songs of Praise service at 6pm on Sunday. Refreshments throughout. Saturday 29 June, Ordination of Priests at Peterborough Cathedral. 4pm. 01733 355315. Sunday 30 June, Ordination of Deacons at Peterborough Cathedral, 11am. 01733 355315.

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Haiti mission for Drew


rew Smith from St Giles Church in Desborough is one of a select team on a mission to Haiti this August. “We will be working with teenagers and youth leaders on education, IT skills, music, sports and FUN,” says Drew who is a volunteer youth leader at St Giles. Love Haiti, the organisation that has planned the trip, is the vision of Cassius and Vanessa Francis of the Wesleyan Holiness Church in Balsall Heath,

Birmingham. “Cassius is on the same ordination course as my wife, Lorna, and he asked me to apply to join the The Love Haiti team: (back row from left) Clem Bartlett, Drew Smith, Joel Lowe, team,” explains Cassius Francis, Mike Peart, (front row) Nadine Walker, Diana Smith, Katrina Drew. Matthews, Vanessa Francis, Amayra Fuller, Elaine Sadler. People in Haiti are still living in - inspiring, teaching and appalling conditions after equipping a generation,” Drew is taking time off the 2010 earthquake but says Drew. from his job as technical particularly wanted a team manager for an architectural He is raising £1700 towards to come and work with metalwork company to go the mission and has several children and young people. to Haiti. His wife Lorna fundraising events planned. “They want us to pass on Lavarello Smith will be If you would like to make a skills that will help them in Curate at Billing following donation, you can contact the future, and to make a her ordination in June 2013. him for details via: drew. difference by showing love

Full English for the gentlemen! Inspired to face the challenge


en in Peterborough have been enjoying full English breakfasts on a Saturday, and occasional nights out at the pub, thanks to invitations from the men’s group at St Mary’s Church in the city. The group started about three years ago and is co-ordinated by Simon Ellis and Andrew Christie. The breakfasts happen about four times a year, with a guest speaker and an eight or nine item cooked breakfast, in exchange for a donation of £2. Recent speakers have been from Help for Heroes and Christians Against Poverty. “The breakfasts are a community event and people invite their friends along. It’s a great way for us to get to know each other,” said St Mary’s Vicar, Michael Moore. “There tend to be more things for ladies to do in church than for men, so it’s good to have something that is just for the boys.” To find out when the next breakfast takes place, call the St Mary’s Parish Office 01733 564899.


igel Holland from Gleneagles Church in Wellingborough has had his first book, The 50 List, published by HarperCollins. Just by writing the book he completed one of the 50 tasks that make up The List. Among this collection of things he set himself to achieve by his 50th birthday are “accelerate from 0–160 mph in a dragster at Santa Pod Raceway” and “learn to make a good crème brulée.” Nigel has a disability but he doesn’t consider himself disabled. He wrote the book to inspire his youngest daughter, Ellie, who has also inherited Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, to see that anything is possible. For Nigel it has been something of a spiritual journey too. “I had lost my faith. It had been a tough time with Ellie’s illness, then I was made redundant. I felt that God wasn’t answering my prayers. But as I completed the challenges for the book, things changed. One day I was listening to the Graham Kendrick song “Is anyone thirsty” and I realised how thirsty I was for God. I had been praying for God to take bad things away, rather than for the strength to face them. Yet, by God’s grace, here I was facing challenges and having such fun at the same time!” This is a heart-warming book that will inspire many people to see that anything is possible.

Cross Keys is published by the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough and distributed free to its 350 parish churches.

A diocese inspired by God’s passion for the world

Editor: Liz Hurst. Tel: 01733 887012. Email:

The 50 List by Nigel Holland pub. HarperCollins ISBN 9780007493241 The inclusion of an advertisement in Cross Keys does not constitute an endorsement of a product or service by the Diocese of Peterborough. All photos from Starburst conference by Chrys Tremththanmor.

Cross Keys - Spring 2013  

The magazine for churches in the Anglican Diocese of Peterborough.

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