Alexander Robertson is one of two Pastoral Assistants working in three parishes in Hornsey, North London. Before taking up the post of Pastoral Assistant he read anthropology at the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. During his time in Oxford he was Sacristan at Pusey House. He hopes to begin formal training at a theological college in October, 2012.

If you are interested in becoming a Pastoral Assistant you may wish to attend the Pastoral Assistant Recruitment Fayre, more details can be found on Facebook or through the Old St Pancras Team Ministry <www.>

Dr Barry Shucksmith is an ordained Anglican clergyman, a retired bishop of the Free Church of England, and a former Chaplain of the Royal Navy. He lives in Lincolnshire.

Joanna Bogle is chairman of Christian Projects. Her blog can be found at <www.joannabogle.blogspot. com>

As Sister Mary Michael CHC reported she and Fr Peter CSWG will be speaking at a gathering of the New Oxford Movement on Saturday 18th February in the Parish of St Mary Rotherhithe. They will be joined by Emma Forward who will speak on the vocation of a Christian Teacher within the context of a Woodard School. If you would like more information about this meeting or about the New Oxford Movement please e-mail: <newoxfordmovement@hotmail. >

Those of you planning celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee will no doubt be marking the 6th of February (Accession Day) in some way. As we here at New Directions heartily recommend and encourage the use of the following prayer that day from the Book of Common Prayer:

O GOD, who providest for thy people by thy power, and rulest over them in love:

Vouchsafe so to bless thy Servant our Queen, that under her this nation may be wisely governed, and thy Church may serve thee in all godly quietness; and grant that she being devoted to thee with her whole heart, and persevering in good works unto the end, may, by thy guidance, come to thine everlasting kingdom;

Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen

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