In the previous lecture we reached Great Britain’s remotest island group of St Kilda on board the small heritage ship the Serenissima and this month we continue the a place I’ve long wonted to visit: The Faroe Islands. This small archipelago lays about 175 miles NW of Shetland with which it has many similarities in both landscape and culture. We will also discover the special links forged between the islands and Britain during WWII. During the three days we spend sailing among the islands we were able to explore some amazing places from the capital and port of Tórshavn; the medieval settlement of Kirkjubøur; the towering cliffs of Vestmanna and finally the most westerly island of Mykines famous for its seabirds including puffins – everybody’s favourite!
It promises to be a great evening. So bring along your friends; all are welcome. There will be the usual themed biscuits to enjoy in the interval. As the Faroese don’t produce any wine the star prize in the raffle is a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with the intriguing name of “Duck ‘n’ Pheasant” which links with a couple of the slides, so look out for the ducks! There is no admission charge for the evening as we invite donations, which we ask everyone who is able to Gift Aid as this raises more for St. Mary’s Restoration Funds, which we need to complete the next stages of the planned refurbishment of St Mary’s: The Tower Clock and the Baptistery. We have a big target to reach if we’re to complete everything in time for our Bicentenary in 2020; so A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all those who have supported my travel lectures ( and that includes my faithful band of helpers who do so much to ensure the success of these very enjoyable evenings). So far the lectures have raised well nearly £9,000. So let’s see what we can achieve by the end of 2017!
Lunchtime Live at St Mary’s
Thursday 12th October 2017
Dr Barry Rose OBE
Eight people including Fr Peter set off on Saturday 2nd September for Coventry Cathedral. We joined about 500 other people lay and clergy from traditional Anglo-Catholic parishes in the Ebbsfleet province.
We then split into groups for a short period of discussion. This gave opportunity to meet people from other parishes. The parishes varied from the rural to inner city and lots in between. We were asked to consider two questions during our discussions. Firstly ‘what have been the main changes seen in our country during the course of our lifetimes. Have these made it easier or harder to be a Christian? ‘
The second question was ‘if you were designing a community of missionary disciples from scratch, what would it look like? How would it be different from churches we know today?’
The afternoon began with a talk from Fr Damian Feeney and was followed by a question and answer session with Fr Damian and Bishop Philip (quite a double act!). Overall the day felt like a commissioning service and we were all asked to go out and beyond the walls of our churches and be missionaries with our families as well as communities.
The day ended with a short service of prayer and dismissal.
We would encourage anyone to attend next year.
For more pictures from the congress click here
Dilwen and Rosemary