The Revd Neil Down, who first met the Warden at CRE in May visited the College on 16th October with Peter and Diane Hellyer of Upbeat Puppets.
|Neil Down (left) in performance|
|Vocalist Desmond with the backing duo|
|The band plays on|
|Love conquers all………..eventually|
During the performance, Fr Neil revealed his musical talent, accompanying one of the accomplished vocalists on the keyboard (see left). “It is a great pleasure to be here at the College,” he enthused, “and I am thrilled that so many of my friends have been able to join me.”
A moving moment came when a small finger puppet tried to bring consolation to a distraught girl (below right), who was eventually won over, not by his well meant gifts of flowers, chocolates or money, but of his love, revealing God’s love for her also.
As well as entertaining the audience with a sequence of musical items, Peter and Diane spoke of how their ministry with puppets enables them to engage with a wide range of different groups. They also gave a brief demonstration of the practical techniques used in performance.
Delighted to have visited the College, they are looking forward to returning, with Fr Neil of course, in 2011.
On the day his appointment was announced, the newly chosen Bishop of Southwark, the Right Reverend Christopher Chessun, included the College in a hectic list of engagements throughout the Diocese..
|Presenting the College with a holding cross|
Bishop Christopher knows the College well having served as Bishop of Woolwich, and was determined to include a visit here as soon as his new appointment was made public on 6th October.
During his visit he was able to meet some of the Residents and gave the College a wooden “holding cross”, carved to be held as an aid to prayer. “I look forward to coming back to spend more time with the community in the future,” he said. “The College is a special place and I am glad that I shall have a deeper connection as its Visitor.”
Bishop Christopher will be enthroned in the Cathedral as the 10th Bishop of Southwark early in 2011. To read more about his appointment, click here.