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Sell out of second Festival of Preaching

Christian charity and publisher, bookseller and distributor Hymns A&M, today announced that its second Festival of Preaching in September is a complete sell out. 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 activist, Brian McLaren, priest, poet and liturgist, Rachel Mann, Director of the Awareness Foundation, Nadim Nassar and the American writer and professor of homiletics, Anna Carter Florence. Returning from the inaugural 2017 Festival are Paula Gooder, Mark Oakley and Pádraig Ó Tuama and others.

Delegates will join speakers in a programme of lectures, workshops and worship. 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 within weeks of tickets going on sale 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 preachers from across the Christian church.’


In more events news, Church Times is pleased to confirm Green Health Live 2 – a one day conference at Lambeth Palace, London on World Environment Day this June. Speakers will explore the links between green space and good mental health, providing a roadmap for churches and chaplains looking to start their own community gardening projects. With Professor Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire County Council; Professor Harriet Gross, author of The Psychology of Gardening; and Dr Suzanne Hyde, clinical director of the St Marylebone Healing and Counselling Centre.

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 21-22 February 2020. Returning for a 6th 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 ‘The Power of Love’, the festival will feature around 30 talks and lectures as well as comedy, music and visual arts.


Further information: Michael Addison  Hymns A&M   / 0207 776 7551




Festival of Preaching: Find out more here.                             @FoPreaching                                  8-10th September 2019                                Christ Church and St Aldates, Oxford
A handful of Sunday and Monday dinner tickets are still available for pre-booked delegates only.


Green Health Live 2 is organised jointly by The Conservation FoundationThe Guild of Health and St Raphael, and the Church Times.
More information is here:

Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature:        Bloxham School, nr Banbury          21-22nd February 2020                      
Full programme and tickets sales available from September 2019


Notes for editors


The Festival of Preaching will be held between Sunday 8th and Tuesday 10th September 2019, at Christ Church, Oxford.

With grateful thanks for sponsors including SPCK (key sponsor), Church Times, Canterbury Press, Roots, Lion Hudson, Church House Bookshop, 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 100 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.


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.