The Re-opening of Churches for Private Prayer

Posted on the 8th Jun 2020

Trinity Sunday

Forward in Faith warmly welcomes the re-opening of churches for private prayer from 15 June. It has been a long period of exile for the faithful from their churches, including the entirety of Eastertide, and so this announcement marks a positive first step towards the resumption of the sacramental life, including public celebration of the Mass and reception of holy communion in churches. We are grateful to the Government for recognising in its announcement the benefits of praying in church; benefits which are not always available at home.


We pray that Christians may find spiritual solace and healing at this time of crisis through prayer and devotion in our country's familiar sacred spaces. We encourage all Christians to mark this year's Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is on 19 June, with the private recitation of prayers from this specially produced booklet either in church or at home, as circumstances allow. 


We are mindful that not all churches will be able to open immediately - for a variety of reasons - and ask that patience and understanding are paramount in those cases. Before visiting those churches which are able to open for private prayer, we urge all individuals to consult public health guidance - particularly those shielding at this time - and to act in strict accordance with its stipulations. 


Fr Beau Brandie RIP

Posted on the 20th May 2020

The trustees of Forward in Faith are greatly saddened to learn of the death, yesterday evening, of Fr Beau Brandie SSC. 


Fr Beau was a leading figure in the Anglo-Catholic movement over recent decades and in that period served on the Forward in Faith Council with wisdom and good humour, most recently acting as the Area Dean for Scotland. He was a loyal and kind priest who was a source of encouragement in the Faith for many.


A full obituary will appear in New Directions in due course. 


May Fr Beau rest in peace.


Prayer Continues

Posted on the 23rd Apr 2020

The Forward in Faith Chaplain, Fr Peter Hudson SSC, is continuing the cycle of prayer for the work of Forward in Faith and of The Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda at this testing time. Fr Peter can be contacted on email via 


Dr Geoffrey Kirk RIP

Posted on the 10th Apr 2020

The trustees of Forward in Faith are greatly saddened to hear the news of Dr Geoffrey Kirk's death earlier today.


In the period since the Church of England's General Synod approved measures for the ordination of women to the priesthood in 1992, Geoffrey played a pivotal role in establishing and sustaining Forward in Faith for almost 20 years, including acting as its National Secretary.


We are greatly indebted to Geoffrey for all he did and a full obituary will appear in the May edition of New Directions.


May Geoffrey rest in peace.


Current Closure of Churches

Posted on the 2nd Apr 2020

Forward in Faith strongly supports the Church and the civil authorities in doing all they can to limit the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our nation, particularly by us all following the advice of stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.


Forward in Faith also welcomes the diverse range of liturgical resources being made available on-line from across the entire spectrum of belief in the Church of England, echoing the call from Archbishops of Canterbury and of York for us to be rooted in prayer.


In this spirit of public safety and prayer, the trustees of Forward in Faith would like to draw the attention of its membership, and others, to an article written by Fr Edward Dowler, Archdeacon of Hastings, for the Church Times on the current closure of churches.


The analysis and overarching message set out in Fr Dowler’s article mirror the views of many supporters of Forward in Faith and, indeed, of many others who are concerned about making provision for all who habitually worship in church or who look to their parish church as a place of spiritual nourishment and safety in times of trouble.


We, as trustees of Forward in Faith, ask that the article is given careful attention at all levels in the Church of England. We recommend that the article is read in conjunction with the paper from the London College of Bishops on 'The Eucharist in a time of Physical Distancing', which affirms our understanding of the sacraments at this testing time.


We also ask that the Archbishops and Bishops consider in the coming days what provision can be made, as a first step, for clergy to preside over liturgies in their churches during the forthcoming Holy Week and Easter period, while of course remaining in full compliance with the legislation and public health advice currently in place.







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