‘A MONK’S TALE’
THE FRINGE COMES TO WOKINGHAM
Arborfield and Barkham Churches are hosting one of the top five shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe (at least according to The Guardian), at the Whitty Theatre at Luckley House School in Wokingham on Thursday 19 October. ‘A great deal of silliness makes for a hugely entertaining hour that revels in the absurdities of one of the biggest arguments in religious history’, says The Times.
The show is about Martin Luther. And it’s for people who aren’t quite sure which Luther we’re talking about. With a feeling of Horrible Histories and Monty Python, A Monk’s Tale helps the audience understand the unfamiliar medieval mind set, and exactly what Luther was trying to do with his 95 Theses, which sparked one of the most significant movements in history: the Reformation.
The show is light, accessible and funny, using sketches, and songs to explain the specifics of the story: the indulgences, purgatory, the sacraments and theological disputes of the period. As the play unfolds, the audience will be informed and challenged as well as entertained and amused.
Suitable for all ages and all faiths, as well as skeptics, the show written and directed by James Cary, an award-winning sitcom writer for BBC TV and Radio. He worked on the first two series of Miranda and co-wrote Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop for BBC Radio 2. He co-created Bluestone 42 for BBC3 which ran for three series and has also written episodes of My Family, My Hero and Citizen Khan. His radio credits include Another Case of Milton Jones, Hut 33, Recorded forTraining Purposes, Concrete Cow and Think the Unthinkable. His stage show, Infinite Number of Monkeys, was nominated forPerrier Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe.
8pm at The Whitty Theatre at Luckley House School on Thursday 19 October. Doors open from 7:30pm. Tickets cost £8 in advance, or £10 on the door (if there are any still left by then). If you’d like to come along, please book via the Arborfield and Barkham Churches’ website, at http://www.abch.org.uk.
For more information, contact the Church Office on 0118 976 0285.
PSALMS FOR THE COMMON ERA
Metrical Psalms in Modern English for Individuals, Choirs and Congregations
Come and sing some well-loved psalms, in a brand new translation by The Revd Dr Adam Carlill*
Saturday 11 November 2017,
9.30am – 4.30pm
at St Mary Magdalen Church Kentwood Hill,
Reading RG31 6DR
Please bring a packed lunch
Tea and coffee provided
For more details and to reserve a place please contact Adam on 07753411989, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Adam has been singing psalms for over 40 years, and has served as an Anglican parish minister continuously for 27 years. He received his DPhil in Old Testament Theology from the University of Oxford in 2013, and is a member of the Society for Old Testament Study and the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Christ Church Cathedral Oxford
JOURNEY TO THE SHRINE
Come and celebrate the life of St Frideswide,
Saxon princess and patron Saint of Oxford
Join in an all-age, processional Family Service at Christ Church Cathedral
Everyone is welcome
Saturday 14th October 10.30 – 11.30am
9 October, 7.30–9:00pm,
Zero Degrees Bar, 9 Bridge St, Reading
Luther at 500
What’s the Legacy of the Reformation?
On the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 theses, Revd Dr David Cornick discusses the legacy of the Reformation. David is General Secretary of Churches Together in England, and a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge.
Grave Talk – What Is It All About?
Over the past year, groups of All Saints Church members have begun gathering together to talk about death. No, we haven’t lost our minds, become depressed or run out of things to say. We are trying out a recent Church of England project, designed as a form of ministry for those of all faiths and none, to encourage people to break down the taboo around death. This project is called Grave Talk.
The idea is to get us talking about our feelings around loss, our own death, grief, what a ‘good’ funeral means to us etc. The hope is that taking part in the discussion will get us thinking and talking to our loved ones about our feelings and our ideas about funerals.
Some people took a bit of cajoling to join the first group and most of us felt some level of trepidation and scepticism. What were we doing there, and why would talking about death be a good idea?
Despite all our doubts within a matter of minutes there was a buzz of conversation and laughter running through the room. In fact, people were so keen, it was difficult to bring the session to a close. Now we get people asking when the next session will be.
Continue reading The Grave Talk Project