Ecumenical Events

Jesus prayed to his Father May they all be one”. (John 17:21)
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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 

Prayer & Praise for Northampton Summer 2016MTABO John 17 21

CTE 2018 FORUM: Together in God’s Mission
CTE logoThe 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

CommunityA 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.

  • Congregation waiting
    Congregation waiting
  • Ecumenical guests arrive
    Ecumenical guests arrive
  • All are Welcome
    All are Welcome
  • From East to West
    From East to West
  • From West gallery
    From West gallery
  • Bishops, guests & choir
    Bishops, guests & choir
  • Joyful celebration
    Joyful celebration
  • Final hymn
    Final hymn

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.

21 Jan 2015 Unity Service Northampton Cathedral
Celebration of Ecumenism in Northampton. (photo: Tony Allen)

Read the full News report here

Read the Homily of Archbishop Bernard Longley, 21 January 2015 here

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!