Jesus prayed to his Father “May they all be one”. (John 17:21)
There is a much greater open-ness and co-operation between Christians from different churches and denominations, and music can often help to break dividing walls.
Ecumenical news from Northampton and the surrounding area is featured here on this page.
Prayer & Praise for Northampton is now hosted occasionally by
Churches Together in Northampton .
ARCHIVE PRAYER & PRAISE:
Prayer & Praise for Northampton Summer 2016
CTE 2018 FORUM: Together in God’s Mission
The broadest ecumenical representative gathering of Christians in England – last September at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick.
Reports, photos and videos from Churches Together in England here
Teresa was Musician in Residence and was commissioned to write a piece of music. Watch:
The Lord’s Prayer – a new musical piece commissioned for Forum
A new walk of witness on Good Friday in 2017 from Westone to Weston Favell Shopping Centre was led by people of all ages from local churches.
What’s good about Good Friday?
That was the question behind this unique journey together. Walking through the shopping centre singing Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom, in beautifully improvised harmony, over forty people then gathered at the Community Area outside Tesco, to watch a short drama based on hands, followed by the song How deep the Father’s love, with sign language to bring the words to life more deeply. A Gospel reading and some reflections led to When I survey the wondrous cross, which many people joined in, and finally Here is love, vast as the ocean – gave just a hint of God’s great love for Our Community – on Good Friday.
Photos: Christiaan De Haes
21st January 2015 Northampton Cathedral
A Celebration of Ecumenism in Northampton
Bishop Peter Doyle invited church leaders from across the four counties of the diocese and from Churches Together in England, to Northampton Cathedral to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vatican Council’s decree on Ecumenism – Unitatis Redintegratio – during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Photos: Tony Allen
The congregation that filled the cathedral were delighted to see the diversity of clergy gathered from a variety of traditions, seated in a semicircle around the altar. Greek Ecumenical Patriarch Archbishop Gregorius read the Gospel and the preacher was the Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham.
A choir of 50 singers was recruited by the Cathedral’s Director of Music Teresa Brown to lead the congregation in song and end the evening on a joyful note with the Hallelujah Chorus!