Good Book Celebrations

by Michael Ford last modified 09 Apr, 2013 03:48 PM

Parishes across Wiltshire and Dorset will be celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible in coming weeks and months.

Good Book Celebrations

400 Years of the King James Bible

The Bourne Valley Team will hold events in St Nicholas’ School, Porton on Sunday 29 May (10am), and at St Michael and All Angels, Winterbourne Earls on Monday 27 June (7.30pm). In the latter event, the Archdeacon of Wilts, John Wraw, will speak on his favourite book of the Bible.

Sherborne Abbey will hold a service entitled ‘God’s Word for God’s World’ on Sunday 12 June (3.30pm), joined by parishioners from across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole and members of Churches Together in Dorset.

Chitterne Flower Festival will take ‘The King James Bible’ as its theme in All Saints Church, Chitterne on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June, with lunches and cream teas in the Village Hall, village gardens open to the public, and playground for children. There will be a ‘Songs of Praise’ on 26th June (6pm).

St James' Church Poole will host a musical event, ‘The Bible in Voice and Verse’, featuring a trio of pianist, soprano singer and a narrator, on Wednesday 6 July (7.30pm).

The Benefice of Woodhill will hold a ‘Service for the Patronal Festival of St Lawrence and celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible’ in St Lawrence Church, Hilmarton on Sunday 7 August (10.30am). This Book of Common Prayer communion service may feature the recently-discovered genuine King James Version of the Bible.

The parishes of Cholderton, Allington with Boscombe and Newton Tony will run a ‘Sponsored Bible Reading from the KJV’ on Saturday 10 September, held on the same day as the annual Wiltshire Historic Churches Cycle Ride and Stride, with churches open for refreshments.

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, said today, “We’re celebrating the Bible’s timeless message and appeal, as a book central to the Christian faith with much to say to today’s world. In our changing times, there is much hope to be gained by reading its pages, comfort in the knowledge of God’s love for us, and wisdom for the future.”


The Diocese of Salisbury’s ‘King James Bible 400th’ page (expired)
Recently-discovered genuine King James Version of the Bible (BBC website)
Sherborne Abbey

Further information contact
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator
01722 438651, 07500 836989,

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