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South­well & Not­ting­ham: In cel­e­brat­ing the bi­cen­te­nary of her most beloved novel, Jane Austen has been re­mem­bered at South­well Min­ster. There were read­ings from Pride and Prej­u­dice as well as songs from Austen’s own pi­ano book as a way to pay trib­ute to the clas­sic. Many of Austen’s nov­els are known world­wide and have been turned into Os­car-nom­i­nated and win­ning films. The fam­ily fun event took place on 25 Jan­uary as part of its Fri­day Lunchtime se­ries. For a full list­ing of fu­ture lunchtime events, log on to their web­site: .www.south­wellmin­is­ Sal­is­bury: To be­gin the Week of Prayer, a del­e­ga­tion from the French Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Évreux has been vis­it­ing the dio­cese. Some of their stops in­cluded Woot­ton Bas­sett, Ted­worth House, St James’ church, Ave­bury Stones, and the Ken­net & Avon Canal Mu­seum. The del­e­ga­tion also met the Bishop of Sal­is­bury at Sal­is­bury Cathe­dral since the two dio­ce­ses have been linked since 1987. Last Sun­day they at­tended a ser­vice in Holy Cross, Rams­bury, with the Bishop of Rams­bury and later met with the Bishop of Sher­borne, Dr Gra­ham Kings. Dur­ing this time of prayer, Dr Kings said: “In re­spond­ing to the Olympics, we found this em­pha­sis on mis­sion pro­vided a fo­cus for our unity. Friend­ships amongst peo­ple of dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tions are cru­cial for or­ganic growth. The di­verse ser­vices of this Week of Prayer for Chris­tian Unity are key to re­new­ing th­ese friend­ships in the con­text of wor­ship.” Val Pot­ter in Dorset re­marked on the bril­liance of churches coming to­gether, stat­ing: “We are all en­riched by learn­ing from our part­ner churches. God has given dif­fer­ent in­sights to each of us so in our ec­u­meni­cal re­la­tion­ships we not only learn more about our part­ners but more about our God. This is why we need each other for mis­sion to­gether.” Liver­pool: A new hour-length tour ‘led’ by Cather­ine ‘Kitty’ Wilkin­son will al­low the pub­lic to learn more about the his­tory of Liver­pool. Kitty, Saint of the Slums, coura­geously opened the first pub­lic wash­house for the in­fected to boil their clothes, thus end­ing the cholera epi­demic. Lucy Fiori will play the ‘Helper of the Poor’ in the tour. Fiori, an ex­pe­ri­enced per­former in the Hope Street Phys­i­cal The­atre Com­pany, is ‘blessed’ to be lead­ing the tours through­out the year. She stated about her drive to do th­ese tours by say­ing: “I love the way the Cathe­dral was so pro­gres­sive in hon­our­ing women from all classes and back­grounds. I wanted to play Kitty in par­tic­u­lar be­cause her story is so fas­ci­nat­ing.” The first of four tours through­out the year will com­mence 31 Jan­uary at 2pm. Cost is £5. Tours can be booked at the cathe­dral or on­line at: www.cathe­dral­ South­wark: Af­ter the Sun­day morn­ing ser­vice on 13 Jan­uary, South­wark and St Mag­nus Cathe­drals met for the an­nual bless­ing of the River Thames. The Bishop of Croy­don, the Rt Rev Jonathan Clark threw a cross into the river as a sym­bol of prayer dur­ing this col­lab­o­ra­tion of the churches. Later that day, the Rev Dr Stephen Hance took the role of Dioce­san Mis­sioner and Canon Mis­sioner by the Bishop of South­wark and the Dean and Chap­ter of the Cathe­dral. The Bishop of Croy­don stated: “The task of a Mis­sioner is to re­call us to that joy of shar­ing in Christ’s mis­sion, God’s mis­sion.” When speak­ing about Hance’s new role of watch­ing over the en­tire Dio­cese of South­wark, he said, “We all need that call, and we need it at ev­ery level of Chris­tian life.”

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