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St Edward's Church Cambridge:
Spirit & Culture programme '99

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The new "Spirit and Culture" Programme at St Edward's seeks to foster a spiritual culture for the new millennium. We are committed to Christ and celebrate the glory of the Christian tradition, but we seek to be open to that Spirit everywhere, not only in the Church but outside it, including other spiritual practices, and new movements in science, psychology and ecology. We are aware that the Church has often alienated those it seeks to serve, but hope that this programme will embrace spiritual seekers of all kinds in an atmosphere of warmth and openness.

A Place of Spiritual Refreshment: St Edward's is a beautiful and peaceful building, and we invite people to come in to compose themselves, meditate, pray, and go out refreshed. Midday prayers are said in the Church each day from Monday to Saturday, from 12.30 to 12.45 pm. The Church then remains open until 3.00 pm. (These arrangements may vary in December.)

St Edward's Church was given to Trinity Hall in the fifteenth century and enjoys a certain independence within the Church of England. Historically, it was the cradle of the English Reformation, and probably the first Church in England in which the Reformers preached. The Book of Common Prayer is still used at its main services, and our worship is enriched by its resonant language.

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The Human Significance of Angels Wednesday September 29th 5.30 pm
A lecture for Michaelmas Day by Fraser Watts

Open to all Retiring collection Followed at 6.30 pm by a Michaelmas Communion

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Christianity and the New Age - A One Day Conference Saturday October 2nd 10.00 am
- Talks, discussion, music, dance, meditation and worship

The day will explore a reconciliation between the Christian tradition and those who have felt alienated from it and sought spirituality in the New Age movement

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Suggested admission £3.00 - £10.00 (We don't wish anyone to be kept away for lack of money, but we invite more generous donations to support the work of the programme from those able to afford them). The day will end with a Communion service at about 4.00 pm
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The Healing Voice - A lecture with demonstarion and audience participation by Jill Purce. Tuesday October 5th 7.30pm

Jill has pioneered the rediscovery of ancient vocal techniques for healing and meditation, harnessing the transformative power of sound. This lecture examines the sonorous universe from antiquity an sees how it relates to the findings of modern science, as well as to our own healing and transformation individually and collectively. We will experiment with the psycho-physical effects of breathing, chanting, mantric and sonic meditation, and look at the wider implications.
Suggested admission £3.00 - 5.00
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Guided Meditation Fridays 5.30 - 6.20 pm

An introduction to meditation for those who wish to learn the gentle art of meditation within an open Christian framework. It helps in learning to meditate to do so in the company of others and with guidance in the use of silence. A new series of meditations will begin on October 1st.
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"Exploring Sexual Orientation" October 17th and November 14th, led by Bruce Kinsey, Margie Tolstoy and Fraser Watts
A series of Sunday afternoon meetings for Christians and others concerned with questions of sexual orientation and identity

3.00 - 4.00 pm Group discussion, concluding with Christian worship
4.00 - 4.30 pm Refreshments and informal discussion
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Rudolf Steiner and C G Jung - Two great wisdom teachers of the twentieth century who revered Christ

Suggested donation £2.00 - £3.00 per lecture
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Perspectives on Prayer - An exploration of spiritual practice in he light of modern science and culture

Public lectures on Wednesdays at 5.30pm Open to all Donations welcome


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Innovative Worship - Communion Services at 6.30 pm on Saints Days

These services seek to combine a rich mix of traditional and modern elements of worship, with meditation, ritual, and music of different traditions (including Taize chants) to explore the potential of worship to move and lift the heart
Wednesday September 29th St Michael & all Angels
Monday October 18th St Luke's Day
Tuesday November 30th St Andrew's Day
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Sundays at 11.00 am: Our main Sunday service, at which we seek to combine calm, dignified worship with thoughtful preaching

Details of December services will be available in Church

Traditional Services:

Sunday 8.00 am Holy Communion,
Sunday 11.00 am Mattins or Holy Communion,
Sunday 6.30 pm Evensong or Holy Communion (Communion on Sept 26, Oct 17, Nov 7 & 28, Evensong on other Sundays; no 6.30 service on Dec 5th)
Friday 10. 30 am Holy Communion
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Carol Services and Christmas Services

Sunday December 5th 4.00 pm Advent Carol Service (Choir of Trinity Hall, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies)
Christmas Eve 11.30 pm Christmas Midnight Mass
Christmas Day 10.30 am Christmas Carol Service
On Christmas Day, there will also be Communion Services at 8.00 and 11.20 am
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Dawn of the New Millennium December 31st 11.30 pm

A Watchnight service after which the new Millennium will be rung in on the Church bells

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