Happy New Year to you all from Westminster College.
This month is a time when people often purchase their diary for the New Year. Looking ahead to 2017, we will be holding a day of preparation for Lent on Saturday 18th February and welcome you all to book now while the date is fresh in your minds.
The day will aim to equip and prepare worship during Lent with will be led by members of our Westminster teaching staff.
The day will include a two course lunch and time for reflection with others.
Since we last posted in early November, the walls have gone up, the roof is on and the slate tiles are installed. We think you’ll agree with us that it is really beginning to take shape.
Soon the services (such as the electric) are being installed and it already looks like a really cosy, comfortable and inspiring space. Though the stunning winter sun has made it tricky to get a good photo today! If you’re as excited to see progress as we are, please keep visiting our blog for further updates and select the Art Studio tag. There will be more photos as work continues and we look forward to showing you the finished studio early in 2017!
Is it already the end of the Michaelmas Term?
Don’t forget the deadline for booking in for this dinner is this Friday 25th November as per your invitation.
The service will commence at 6 pm followed by Dinner at 7 pm.
If you have received your invitation please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your menu choices and dietary requirements.
We’re delighted to share that Neil Thorogood and Sam White will be travelling up to The Windermere Centre to lead the centre’s annual Advent retreat from 14th to 16th December.
We’re looking forward to delving into the Advent narrative through art and story-telling. You will have opportunities to reflect on Bible texts generating words and images to tell the story. Join us in a beautiful part of the world for friendship, worship and good food.
This is part of our on-going partnership in which The Windermere Centre deliver courses at Westminster and Westminster reciprocate. As such, this event is being run on a Pay What You Can basis and rather than contacting Westminster to book, please visit The Windermere Centre website and explore the programme in more detail.
On the evening of Wednesday 2nd November the college community met together in chapel to welcome Dr Alison Gray as Director of Old Testament language, literature and theology. In a worship service led by Mr Alan Yates, United Reformed Church Moderator of General Assembly, Alison was affirmed and commissioned to the work she’s undertaking within the college, Cambridge Theological Federation, the University of Cambridge and the wider denomination. Alison is an experienced teacher and during the service she spoke movingly of her love for the Hebrew bible, for illuminating the scriptures, and of her continued desire to share new ways of exploring the richness of the Old Testament in developing the Christian faith.
Following a buffet reception enjoyed by Alison, her family members, close friends, colleagues and students, she said,
I feel honoured to be the first lay tutor to be appointed here, and am looking forward to the breadth of opportunities to serve the wider church as well as to attend to the work of formational training for ministry within the college. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be supported by friends and family and to have received such a warm welcome from the Westminster community.
We’re very excited to share the following pictures, which show our Art Studio in progress. Whilst there isn’t much to see right now, the contractors have been setting up site and preparing the ground to lay foundations so lots of digging out and muck away going on at the moment. The site temporarily takes up some of the area of the Prayer Labyrinth but don’t worry, it is staying put and will be looked after carefully.
The work is scheduled to take 10 weeks so by Christmas we hope to take you on a tour inside!