Here are the upcoming events for you to put in your diary.
Annual General Meeting
Monday 10th April 2017 6pm St Mary’s Church meeting room
All Friends are most welcome to attend !
Annual Friends of Luton Parish Church Concert
Date in June tbc 7pm St Mary’s Church
Join us for this annual celebration featuring the Luton Music Service concert band - no cost to come along, wine is included during the interval and a collection is taken at the end in aid of the Friends. It will be a pleasure to see you there !
Annual Friends of Luton Parish Church Service
Sunday 15th October 2017 10am St Mary’s Church
The annual service visiting preacher this year is :
Bishop Michael Turnbull CBE retired Bishop of Durham
Biography with thanks to Wikipedia
Michael Turnbull was ordained priest in 1961 in Manchester Cathedral. As a priest, he held the following positions:
· After ordination to the priesthood, he continued to serve as curate of Middleton in the Diocese of Manchester before moving in 1961 to be curate of Luton with East Hyde in the Diocese of Saint Albans until 1965.
· In 1965, he moved to York to be domestic chaplain to the Archbishop of York Donald Coggan and director of ordinands for the Diocese of York.
· In 1969, he was appointed chaplain to the University of York, a position he held, for part of the time, in conjunction with being rector of nearby Heslington.
· In 1976, he was appointed Chief Secretary of the Church Army.
· In 1984, he was appointed Archdeacon of Rochester and Canon of Rochester Cathedral in Rochester, Medway.
As a bishop, Michael Turnbull held the following positions:
Bishop of Rochester
In 1988, Turnbull was consecrated as the Bishop of Rochester. During his episcopacy, “a major [two year] training programme for local evangelists was established”. In a 1994 speech in Church House, Westminster just before his translation to the Diocese of Durham Turnbull was "Asked what he was proudest of among his accomplishments in Rochester, Kent, he replied that the diocese had opened six new churches, and planned to open four more; and that he had set up an order of lay evangelists."
Bishop of Durham
From 1994 (he was enthroned on October 22) until his retirement in 2003, Turnbull was the Bishop of Durham, the fourth most senior bishop in the Church of England with a seat in the House of Lords. He was active in the House of Lords as the lead bishop on constitutional affairs and was prominent in the movement towards regional government in the North East.
In his 1994 speech in Church House, Westminster just before his translation to Durham Turnbull asserted his belief in the Virgin Birth of Jesus, the Resurrection of Jesus, and in Hell, although maybe not as eternal damnation.
In a 1998 survey of Church of England bishops about “possibility of alien life on other worlds,” Turnbull said the discovery of other life could be a positive force. "God created all life. If it were possible to engage with life on other planets it would open our lives to the greater wonders of God's creation."
By 2003, Turnbull had been made an Honorary Fellow of St Chad's College, Durham and awarded honorary doctorates from Durham University (DD) and from the University of Greenwich. In 2003, he was appointed CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2003 for services to the North East and to the Church of England.
In Durham, Turnbull took the Diocese into a new era of Clergy deployment and pastoral delivery.
For his last four years in Durham, Turnbull was "chairman of the North East Constitutional Assembly, trying to draw up plans for an elected regional assembly"
After the service, Peter Adams will host a fascinating tour around St Mary’s Church.