John Bell events autumn 2015

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undefinedPractical theological and composer John Bell (a regular visitor to our diocese) returns for two special events organised by our Continuing Ministerial Development Officer, David Herbert.

The first event, ‘All People That on Earth do Dwell’, is a ‘Big Sing’ to celebrate how a global church can sing global songs. It will be at St Mary's Church, Monks Lane, Acton, near Nantwich, CW5 8LE on Thursday 8 October, starting at 7.30pm. John says: “No longer is it only Kumbaya and Siyahamba that remind us we belong to a world church. In recent years songs from all continents have become available and accessible to British congregations – some quiet and meditative, some rhythmic and joyful.  So come and do what God asks of us – join in international songs of praise.”

Following that ‘Reclaiming the Bible as the People’s Book’ is the title of a day for clergy, Readers and Pastoral Workers on Friday 9 October at St John’s Church Centre, School Lane, Hartford, CW8 1NP (10am to 3.30pm). John Bell will use his experience of working with clergy and laity. to explain how to engage with Bible text individually and corporately.

John Bell is well known for his hymn-writing, his contributions to Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’, and his involvement in the Iona Community in Scotland. He has a passion for congregational song and the work he shares with his colleagues has been honoured by the Royal Society for Church Music, the Hymn Society in the US, and the University of Glasgow.

There is no charge for either event.  Booking is essential. To book phone Jane Hood on 01928 718834 ext 257 or email jane.hood@chester.anglican.org