John Bell - All Saints Church, Maidenhead

Saturday 1st December 2018

Admission by Advance Ticket Purchase Only


     Living and Praying the Psalms


John Bell will reflect on the Psalms in preparation for Advent, as part of the Year of Mission March 2018-March 2019 for the parishes of St. Luke’s, the Church of the Good Shepherd and All Saints in Maidenhead.


Dr John Bell is an iona community member.

Information about the iona community can be found here.


A limited number of tickets are available to congregation members of All Saints, St. Luke's and the Church of the Good Shepherd. All other bookings will be made via Eventbrite - please click here for the booking link.


We are very fortunate to have John Bell speaking at All Saints and there will be a "pop-up" book store for those who wish to make purchases.

Tea, Coffee and Cake will be available but please bring your own Lunch

There is street parking, however there may be a short walk involved - Limited Disabled Parking will be available by prior arrangement with the Parish Office - please click Parish Office Contact



Living and Praying with the Psalms

A day with John Bell (Iona Community)

At All Saints Church, Boyne Hill, SL6 4HE

Saturday 1st December 2018


Doors open 9.30 am

Day runs from 10.00 am – 3.30 pm

This ticket £5, tea, coffee and cake provided

Bring your own lunch

Admission by advance ticket only

John Bell receives one of the 2018 Lambeth Awards


John-and-the-AoC-300x225 award 2018.jpg


Congratulations to Community Member John Bell who has been awarded the 2018 Thomas Cranmer Award – one of the annual Lambeth Awards presented by the Archbishop of Canterbury. These awards, launched by Archbishop Justin Welby in 2016, recognise outstanding service in different fields, including those of the Archbishop’s ministry priorities of prayer and the Religious life; reconciliation and peacebuilding; and evangelism and witness.

John’s citation was as follows:

The Reverend Dr John L Bell – The Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship, for his outstanding Christian witness, through hymn-writing, broadcasting and social action.

‘John Bell of the Iona Community’ has been for many years one of the most recognised voices on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, where his cogent and penetrating topical contributions reach an audience well beyond the churches. As a Church of Scotland minister, he is for many the best-known public face associated with the ecumenical Iona Community and one of its most eloquent exponents of the ecumenical spirit in Christianity.

His output in terms of hymn-writing has been prodigious – the Church Hymnary 4th Edn (2005) alone featured 60 of his texts and versions and nearly 100 tunes and arrangements. The Irish bishop and hymnal editor Edward Darling said that, in reflecting a national folk culture, ‘John Bell has done for hymnody in Scotland what Vaughan Williams did for hymnody in England’ but the appeal of his work goes far beyond Scotland and indeed, it is known worldwide.

His public speaking and his musical achievements have and continue to be at the service of a faith lived in social action. He has said that, ‘There is no dualism between politics and piety’. In the mid-1980s he embarked, with others, on preparing young people dedicated to working with inner-urban communities. This gave rise to the Wild Goose Worship Group, which produced a range of worship material accessible to such communities and reflecting their problems and preoccupations.

John Bell has made an outstanding contribution in terms of Christian worship, witness and social action.


Reproduced by kind permission of the Iona Community - the original article can be seen here