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Events for April


Northern Cross, the ecumenical Holy Week pilgrimage to Holy Island, begins this year on April 16. During the week different groups of travelers will take alternative routes through the North of England and Scotland.  People who sign up will be expected to walk between ten and 20 miles each day, carrying large wooden crosses and often relying on the hospitality of Christian communities along the way. Support cars will carry most of the baggage.
On Good Friday, all groups meet up to take the ancient pilgrims causeway across to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne itself, one of the earliest Christian centres in the British Isles. Lindisfarne was the home of St Cuthbert and before the devastating Viking raids was an important outpost of the Celtic tradition. Walkers will stay on the island for the Easter weekend, joining the islanders in their celebration. For more information see www.

A hefty Lent programme at St Martin-in-the-Fields culminates in the installation of a powerful and controversial painting by Terry Duffy. Victim no resurrection?, a four-metre cross, will be suspended above the altar during Passion and Holy Week. St Martin-in-the-Fields will be one Station in the journey of this cross from Liverpool Cathedral to Jerusalem, a journey that has included New York's St John the Divine, London's St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and, most recently, Coventry Cathedral to mark the 70th anniversary of the Blitz (pictured).
Each night between 6.00pm and 6.30pm from 11 April to 20 April, a different speaker will reflect upon their personal story of being a victim or witness of violence. The programme aims to help people reflect on what Christ's suffering means for our times. It is hoped that by focusing on the nature of violence in our world and our response to it, viewers will be inspired to find ways to bring healing and hope.
St Martin-in-the-Fields sits on London's Trafalgar Square, and more details of the Lent programme can be found at

Following 92 shows in the US, a musical by Marcia P. Samuels hits London on April 7. Tell Hell I Ain't Comin! explores the spiritual journey of a devout man who arrives at Heaven's Gate, where he discovers he must enter another gate that leads to Hell. The show runs for three nights at The Broadway Theatre, Catford. See for info.

Maggi will 'open up some of the theological and devotional adventures that become possible when the riches of the Bible are recognized within the world of the arts, and offer all kinds of inspiration, for teaching, preaching and personal spiritual growth.'

She will be appaearing at Chelmsford Cathedral Centre on March 26 (and later in the year, May 7, at St Margaret's Church, Barking). The events begin at 10am and the cost of the day is £15. For further information and booking details please contact Mrs Liz Watson on 01245 294449 or

Bath Literature Festival will celebrate the anniversary with a continuous Bible reading challenge - and you can help. Due to start on Tuesday 1 March, a non-stop read of the King James Bible will continue day and night until Saturday 5 March. Taking place at St Michael's Without on Broad Street, the church will be open to all members of the public to participate and join a number of high profile readers, local celebrities and festival authors.

Volunteers can sign up for one hour slots throughout the period, during which they will take it turns to read for approximately 15 minutes. For those who feel they need any coaching before their reading, theatre director Hannah Drake will be on hand with professional tips and techniques - an opportunity to brush up on your skills for the Sunday morning service.

For more information, and to offer your services, send your name, email address and the dates you can make to

Elsewhere, the economic climate means there's no escaping the pressure of work, and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity has a course to help. Love@Work is aimed at helping Christians become better equipped as managers in the workplace wherever we fit in the hierarchy.

The evening will be led by Jill Garret, former European managing director of Gallup,  and starts at 6:30pm on 7 March.  Cost: £7 (£5 concessions). Contact or 02073 999 555.