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July 2017

News release


Hymns Ancient and Modern announce sell out of inaugural Festival of Preaching plus expansion to events programme

Christian charity and publisher, bookseller and distributor Hymns A&M, today announced that its inaugural Festival of Preaching in September is a complete sell out, even after hiring larger venues. Over 450 conference tickets have sold since its launch in December. To be held this September at Christ Church and St Aldates, Oxford, speakers already confirmed include best-selling US author and pastor, Nadia Bolz-Weber; Vicar of St Martin in the Fields, London, Sam Wells; Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell and Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, London.

Commenting on the ticket sales, Revd Christine Smith, Hymns A&M Publishing Director said, 'We are thrilled and excited to see such a positive reaction to the Festival. To sell out so early is testimony to the wonderful range of speakers who have agreed to participate. We hope that those attending will be refreshed and encouraged by outstanding speakers from across the Christian church.'

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Oxford commented that 'we are looking forward - immensely - to this celebration of sermons and homilies.  We shall be exploring their spirituality, theology and history - and their place in the church and public life - past, present and future.  It is terrific that so many are joining us.'

In more events news, an evening panel event in October to be held at St Mellitus College has also been confirmed.  Entitled 'The Parish: has it had its day?', this event will discuss questions such as what role does the parish play? Is there really still a future for the parish system? How can the parish survive the shifting landscape both in the church and in wider society? Chaired by Maeve Sherlock, panellists will include Graham Tomlin, Jessica Martin, Calvin Samuel and Nick Spencer.

In addition, Hymns A&M also announced that the Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature will return once more to Bloxham School, near Banbury on 16-18 February 2018. Returning for a 5th festival in Bloxham, the 'literary festival with a theological slant'  celebrates the very best new fiction and non-fiction with a faith perspective. With a theme of 'Building a New Jerusalem', the festival will feature around 40 talks and lectures as well as comedy, music and visual arts.

Further information: Michael Addison  Hymns A&M            michael@hymnsam.co.uk / 0207 776 7551

Ends

Festival of Preaching: Find out more here. https://festivalofpreaching.hymnsam.co.uk/ @FoPreaching                                  10-12th September 2017                                Christ Church and St Aldates, Oxford

A handful of Sunday and Monday dinner tickets are still available for pre-booked delegates only.

Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature:      https://bloxhamfaithandliterature.hymnsam.co.uk/ Bloxham School, nr Banbury          16-18th February 2018

Full programme and tickets sales available from September 2017

The Parish: has it had its day?                                     St Mellitus College, London SW5                                                Monday 9th October 2017                                     Tickets  £10 each / £5 student

https://chbookshop.hymnsam.co.uk/parish-event/

 

Festival of Preaching 2017

With grateful thanks for sponsors including SPCK (key sponsor), Church Times, Canterbury Press, SCM Press, Church House Publishing, Church House Bookshop, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Watts & Co, Preach Magazine and Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd is the commercial arm of the Christian charity. Via book and newspaper publishing, bookselling and distribution, it generates funds in order to fulfil its charitable purpose of making grants to churches and Christian organisations. It publishes around 120 books per annum in print and digital formats via imprints SCM Press, Canterbury Press, Church House Publishing (under arrangement with the Archbishops Council) and Saint Andrew Press (under arrangement with the Church of Scotland). It also publishes the Church Times and other periodicals, owns leading religious bookshop Church House Bookshop and distribution centre Norwich Books and Music. Hymns A&M employ 65 staff in London and Norwich. www.hymnsam.co.uk

 

Christ Church, established by Henry VIII in 1546, is a unique foundation of College and Cathedral. It is home to some 650 undergraduate and postgraduate students and over a hundred Senior Members. Christ Church occupies a 150-acre site in the heart of Oxford, including the Meadow, a tranquil area of pasture, preserved for centuries and bounded by the Rivers Isis and Cherwell. http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

April 2017

Hymns Ancient and Modern to wholesale leading Anglican publisher SPCK

Christian charity and publisher, bookseller and distributor Hymns A&M, today announced that from May 2017 it will be providing wholesale services for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, SPCK. 

SPCK will join an established list of twenty leading religious publishers, all of whom benefit from Hymns A&M's highly-praised expertise in customer services and distribution to booksellers, libraries, churches and many others worldwide.  Hymns A&M distribution arm, Norwich Books and Music, will wholesale selected SPCK and IVP titles including books by Rowan Williams, Tom Wright, Richard Rohr, Terry Waite, John Stott and many others. Norwich Books and Music will also stock SPCK's best-selling range of religious stationery product. 

In addition, from May 2017, Norwich Books and Music will fulfil orders placed directly from SPCK's website.  Commenting on the move, Dominic Vaughan, CEO of Hymns A&M said 'we are delighted to be working so closely with SPCK and thrilled that customers now have even more reason to use Norwich Books and Music as the one-stop shop for all their books, resources and religious stationery needs.'  

Sam Richardson, CEO of SPCK said 'we are delighted that this partnership with Norwich Books & Music will offer retailers an additional highly trusted supplier from which to order our products, and will enable us to offer improved customer service on our web orders.'  

Further information: Michael Addison  Hymns A&M           michael@hymnsam.co.uk                                       
Alexandra McDonald SPCK     AMcDonald@spck.org.uk

March 2017

Hymns Ancient & Modern secures distribution of major Catholic publisher

Christian charity and publisher, bookseller and distributor Hymns A&M, today announced that from May 2017 it will be providing distribution services for the Catholic publisher, the Catholic Truth Society (CTS).

The Catholic Truth Society will join an established list of twenty leading religious publishers,  all of whom benefit from Norwich Books and Music (Hymns A&M distribution arm) highly-praised expertise in customer services and distribution to booksellers, libraries, churches and many others worldwide.

Commenting on the move, Dominic Vaughan, CEO of Hymns A&M said 'we are delighted that the CTS have chosen us as their distributors and we look forward to working with them on a smooth transition. The CTS choosing us for distribution will be even more reason for booksellers and others to use Norwich Books and Music as the one-stop shop for all their books, resources and religious stationery needs.'

Fergal Martin, General Secretary of Catholic Truth Society said: 'CTS has always placed a high value on service to our customers; it is central to our mission. I am pleased that Norwich Books and Music can support us in this important element of our work in the years ahead.'

From 1st May 2017, NBM will manage customer service, finances and distribution for all international book trade accounts plus distribution for non-trade accounts.
CTS will retain customer services and finances involved in non-trade (direct/parish) accounts.

Further information:
Michael Addison Hymns A&M michael@hymnsam.co.uk / 0207 776 7551
Claire Dancaster CTS c.dancaster@ctsbooks.org

 

February 2017

Launch of the Lectionary desktop app

Church House Publishing's popular Common Worship Lectionary app is now available for PCs and Macs.

The desktop app includes all the same features as the phone and tablet versions, but also allows information to be easily copied into documents and calendars.

Find out more about the Lectionary app: www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/common-worship-lectionary