St Nicholas Church and the parish of Rawreth had afantastic weekend festival on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2011 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.
Our parish has big connections with the man who played a central role in the story of the King James bible. Lancelot Andrewes, the director of the First Westminster Company of translators, resided at Chichester Hall in Rawreth. He was a remarkable man and as a regular preacher for all major festivals during James I reign we recognised him in our very own Festival.
Saturday 24th September
A Craft and Family Fun Fayre: The village hall provided the setting for variety of handmade crafts, and refreshments.
The Church was the focus for childrens activivities such as a puppet show, music workshop, games of 16th century, face painting, crafty/messy corner, stalls, Lancelot Andrewes & King James Bible exhibition, fancy dress competition, treasure hunt and much more!
We even had authentic music from 400 years ago …
[audio:http://st-nicholas-rawreth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/110924_001.mp3|titles=Music from 400 years ago!]perhaps we should have moved it a little way from the authentic skittle alley!
Later that day we were delighted to welcome The Friends’Musick. The 16th century influenced chamber choir performed a concert of musical settings of Biblical Texts by various composers including Gibbons, Purcell, Handel and Stainer.
Sunday 25th September
Rev’d Dr James Gardom, the Dean and Chaplain of Pembroke, Cambridge, (Andrewes’ former college) preached at a service of The Word Revealed (a service developed by the RSCM to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the KJV). We had a joint choir with choristers from Rawreth, Holy Trinity Rayleigh and the City University, London. We we led by the Director of Music at Holy Trinity, Ed Burt. The choristers had a wonderful time and a real sence of achievement.
Listen to the sermon …
We then had lunch at the Chichester Hotel, Andrewes’ former home and then Choral Eucharist in St Nicholas Church at 4pm. The setting was Byrd’s Mass in four parts with introits and other anthems provided by the Writtle Singers.
A fantastic day of worship and fun.