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Thanks and Praise GroupSeptember 2015

Thanks and Praise launched

The Church of Ireland has officially launched its new supplement to the Church Hymnal, Thanks and Praise, at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.  Around 140 guests attended the event in the Lady Chapel on Friday evening, 11th September.

Thanks and Praise contains some 227 hymns, songs and liturgical settings reflecting the best of church music to emerge since the most recent edition of the Church Hymnal was compiled in 2000.  It is accompanied by recorded church music and Braille editions and an updated version of 'Sing to the Word', the lectionary hymn guide edited by the Rt Revd Edward Darling.

The congregation sang from the hymnal supplement, including 'Our father we have wandered', 'O God of Faith', and 'We shall go out with hope of resurrection'.

The junior choirs of Taney and Kilternan parish churches, Dublin, sang 'He made the stars' and 'Faith as small as a mustard seed' while 'Wonderful Lord' and 'Don't build your house' were performed by the choir of St Gall's, Carnalea, Bangor. Edwin Brown, from Bushmills, sang a solo version of his own hymn 'See the Lamb of God'.

'Thanks and Praise is born,' remarked the Rt Revd Harold Miller, Chairman of the Liturgical Advisory Committee. He noted that it will be a book that 'we will grow to really love and nurture and value, and will be a blessing to us in the future.'

The book was formally launched by the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke who thanked Bishop Miller as editor and the Revd Dr Peter Thompson as music editor, for their energy, drive and enthusiasm.

Archbishop Clarke commended Thanks and Praise as 'a wonderful addition to the Church of Ireland' and added: 'Every parish should have this book because every parish can use this book and every parish can benefit from this book.'

The Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Michael Jackson, highlighted that the accompanying resources will allow many more people to enjoy it as part of church life.  He commented: 'I have great pleasure in being associated with the launch of Thanks and Praise this evening in St Patrick's Cathedral. The involvement of singers from right around the country bodes well for its inclusion in the worshipping life of the Church of Ireland.'

Thanks and Praise is one of the first books to be published first in a Braille edition, produced by the Braille unit at HMP Maghaberry.  A gift was presented to Braille instructor Mark Mooney towards the work of the unit.

Find out more about Thanks and Praise


CT appJune 2015

Church Times app launched

Church Times, the world's leading Anglican newspaper, is now available as an app for both iPhone and iPad.

Designed to bring the best possible reading experience on the iPad or iPhone, the app features a number of user friendly functions:

- search for specific news items, features, jobs and appointments
- tailored reading views for iPhone and iPad landscape/portrait
- photo galleries
- share articles and jobs via email and Twitter

Find out more and download from the App Store:



March 2015

Thanks & Praise: A new hymnal supplement for the Church of Ireland

We are delighted to be publishing this new supplement - full music and words only plus electronic words download editions - all early autumn 2015.

Thanks & Praise will contain some 200 hymns, songs and liturgical settings reflecting the best of church music to emerge in recent years, plus a new setting for the Eucharist, short songs and chants - alleluias, kyries, blessings etc, a number of items in the Irish language, music from the world church and some completely new compositions and arrangements.

Two years in preparation, the selection has been overseen by a team of parish and cathedral musicians and clergy.

Fully authorised by the Synod of the Church of Ireland.

Find out more about Thanks & Praise


March 2015

Relaunch of The Sign

First published in 1905, parish magazine insert The Sign was relaunched this year with a complete redesign, new content and a new website.

The brand new online service allows magazine editors to create their own publication, picking and choosing from a wide range of topical articles, reviews, Bible reflections and wordsearches.

View The Sign online


February 2015

Over 130,00 apps downloaded!

6 Hymns Ancient & Modern apps are now available for Apple and Android devices, with the new Church Times newspaper app due to launch later this year. Over 130,000 apps have been downloaded by users in 160 countries, from Canada to the Philippines.

Find out more about our apps


October 2014

Praise for Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey

The Pilgrim Course, which is published by Church House Publishing and has sold more than 40,000 books in its first year, is the Church of England's national discipleship programme commissioned by the House of Bishops.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: "I'm so thrilled that the Pilgrim Course has been a great success this past year and is being used so much across the country. Finding out about the Christian faith is the most important thing that anyone can do and I urge anyone who hears about the course to give it a go." @PilgrimCourse


June 2014

Church House Bookshop named Independent Large Retail Store of the Year at the Christian Resources Together Awards 2014.

Voted for by publishers and suppliers, the award acknowledges good business practice and ministry, and a commitment to Christian retailing.

Aude Pasquier accepted the award at the CRT retreat in Swanwick. @CHBookshop


May 2014

Norwich Books and Music, part of the Hymns Ancient & Modern group, will become the exclusive sales agent and distributor for Liturgical Press book titles in the UK and rest of Europe from 1st July 2014.

Based in Collegeville, Minnesota, Liturgical Press publishes Catholic and ecumenical works in liturgy, Scripture, theology, spirituality and monasticism for academic and professional audiences as well as individual readers.

"We are very pleased to be working with Norwich Books and Music," said Liturgical Press Director, Peter Dwyer. "We believe the skills and experience of the Norwich staff and the organizational strength of Hymns Ancient and Modern will offer exceptional service to our customers on behalf of our authors."


March 2013

A brand new edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern

Ancient & Modern: Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship

150 years since its first publication and after sales of 170 million copies, this brand new edition contains 845 items, ranging from psalm settings to John Bell, Bernadette Farrell, Stuart Townend and others.

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"if Common Worship was graded as 'Good' in 2000, this 2013 edition of A&M will certainly be a grade higher. It is a volume which deserves to be in regular use by all church musicians and worship leaders."

- Ian Sharp, Chair of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland



Celebrating 150 years of Hymns Ancient & Modern

Find out more about our history and anniversary publications