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Book of the Month November 2020

Date added: 09 November 2020

Being Reverend

Matt Woodcock

Being Reverend

Matt Woodcock returns with this sequel to the bestselling 'Becoming Reverend'.

Follow Matt's journey as he starts work at one of Hull's oldest, biggest and emptiest churches. It's a shadow of its former self, with a small congregation and huge bills to pay. Adding the entrepreneurial (and somewhat excitable) Matt to their clergy line-up is the last throw of the dice for this 700-year-old institution.

But is Matt ready for such a tough first assignment? Are his new flock - or his new colleagues - ready for the whirlwind that's about to descend? And can Matt realize his vision of a thriving church without wrecking his home life in the process?

As this real-life diary reveals, Matt's life being Reverend can be every bit as fraught, funny and fascinating as it was becoming one.

'I have known Matt Woodcock for a number of years and it was my privilege to ordain him. God's Holy Spirit dwells in him, taking him on an adventurous Jesus-shaped journey. Matt writes with his characteristic humour and honesty. It's a story of God's love. In reading this book, let's all find God's loving heart for each of us.' -- Archbishop John Sentamu

Matt Woodcock

A former newspaper journalist, Matt Woodcock is now a Church of England minister in Hull. He puts on a sell-out beer festival in his church every year and walks real camels down Hull's main shopping street at Christmas.

9781781402016   £9.99   29 October 2020   Church House Publishing

Being Interrupted

Reimagining the Church's Mission from the Outside, In

Al Barrett, Ruth Harley, Rachel Mann

Being Interrupted

21st Century Britain is a fragmented, anxious place, grappling with its loss of national identity in 'the ruins of empire', and with sharp and deepening inequalities - symbolized most tragically by the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower. To these national anxieties are added the pressures of church decline: numbers, money and influence all seem to be heading in the wrong direction. Common responses include on the one hand strategizing for numerical growth, and on the other hand focusing in on the Church's formation of Christians for our discipleship in the world. This book ventures to suggest that both of these responses miss something of profound importance.

Through careful and unsettling readings of five passages in Mark's gospel, alongside stories from a multicultural outer estate in east Birmingham, the book paints a vivid picture of an 'alternative economy' for the Church's life and mission, which begins with transformative encounters with neighbours and strangers at the edges of our churches, our neighbourhoods, and our imaginations.

"A thought provoking and compelling read that is not afraid to tackle some of the challenging issues the Church has had to consider over recent times. Taking into account the turbulent period from Brexit, the Windrush Scandal, the Me-Too Movement to the COVID-19 Pandemic the authors examine the social fractures in the light of the biblical imperative of what it means to love our neighbour. What they offer is an inspired approach that acknowledges both the challenges and the joys that 'being interrupted' can bring in order to envision new possibilities..." Revd Dr Sharon Prentis

Revd Dr Al Barrett is rector of Hodge Hill Church in the Diocese of Birmingham. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Queen's Foundation. Ruth Harley is an ordinand in the Church of England. Prior to that, she was the Children's and Families' Minister at a town-centre parish church.

9780334058625 £19.99   Publication: 30th November 2020   SCM Press


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