It's continuing to be a busy month and I have a backlog of news to add as time whizzes by. Highlight so far was the special choral Evensong service on Sunday 10 June in Dorchester Abbey to celebrate the conclusion of the John Piper and the Churchexhibition and the dedication of the new Choir Stalls, designed and made by Philip Koomen Furniture.The preacher was Professor Lord Harries of Pentregarth, the former Bishop of Oxford. The Dorchester Abbey choir sang beautifully and the readings were all wonderfully appropriately chosen from the Old and New Testaments on the themes of Arts and Crafts.
One of our freelance
colleagues donated the money he earned from working on the Dorchester Abbey new
choir stalls to Workaid. This paid for a container of
refurbished tools and equipment to be shipped to Africa.
Workaid tackles poverty by
supplying disadvantaged people with the tools they need to acquire practical
skills and become self supporting. Tools and equipment are collected from all
over the UK, refurbished and sent to vocational training projects and self-help
groups, mostly in East Africa and in the UK.
At our recent workshop exhibition Dr Gabriel Hemery from the Sylva Foundationbased in Little Wittenham gave a talk on the
OneOak Project. One of our visitors subsequently was able to donate £5000 from his charitable organisation to Sylva (more details will follow soon on this blog, no doubt) - very exciting!