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Celebration of Reconciliation in Shipston

Preparations are well under way for the Diocesan Celebration of Reconciliation taking place in St Edmund’s Church, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4AP on Sunday 24th June at 5pm. This 1 hour concert will feature a new choral work, ‘Cross of Nails’, written by local composer Andrew Atkins. The concert involves pupils from Brailes, Ilmington and Shipston-on-Stour primary schools, as well as community and church choirs from South Warwickshire.

Andrew Atkins held three workshops, one in each primary school, to talk with pupils about reconciliation, and he gathered material from these workshops to create his innovative composition. The Revd Sarah Bourne (curate at St Edmund's) also gave assemblies in the schools to raise awareness of reconciliation within communities, and she talked about the history of Coventry Cathedral and its ministry of reconciliation, with its three-fold emphasis on healing the wounds of history, learning to live with difference and celebrate diversity, and building a culture of peace.

The concert on 24th June will also include ‘Rocks Dancing on Water’, a short gospel drama written and performed by actor Andrew Cullum, who is currently working at Southwark Playhouse in “For King and Country”. 

Admission to the event is free and there will be a retiring collection for anyone who wishes to contribute to the costs of this project which involves all ages of the community in South Warwickshire. You are advised to arrive early to ensure a seat. Refreshments will be available after the concert.

This event is part of the Coventry Diocesan Centenary Celebrations and Coventry Cathedral’s Plumbline Festival of Arts. For further details, please contact