These are the answers to a few questions that people have been asking me by e-mail. I hope that you will find them helpful (but do continue sending the e-mail).
What does "Claves Regni" mean?
My schoolboy Latin is a little rusty as well. I gather that it means "the Keys of the Kingdom", and I freely admit that I pinched the idea from the title of a poem by David Page.
"You are Peter, the Rock; and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven." Matt. 16:19-20
Where is Nottingham?
Nottingham is the chief city of the East Midlands region of England, and is situated about 120 miles north of London and 50 miles north-east of Birmingham.
Who are our medieval neighbours?
In geography, tradition and music we find ourselves mid-way between our sister churches of St Mary's and St Nicholas'.
How do I get from the railway station to the church?
Time was when you could look north from the station and see straight up to the city centre, with St Peter's spire and the Council House dome clearly visible. However, the town planners of the 1970s thoughtfully put a large shopping centre and a five-lane highway in the way, traversed by a dark and smelly underpass. Their counterparts in the 1990s have tried to make amends by cutting down the number of lanes to three and providing a "pelican" (traffic light controlled) crossing.
So, from the front of the station turn right up Carrington Street and continue north. Cross Canal Street, go past the bus station, and cross Collin Street. Walk through the Broad Marsh Shopping Centre and continue north up Lister Gate until you arrive at St Peter's Square.
What does "liberal Anglican" mean?
I think that this implies a broad range of churchmanship, but also a combination of
tradition with openness to modern theology and to serious consideration of liturgical
change; perhaps but not necessarily coupled with a social awareness. It seems a useful
term to indicate that we are not at either extreme of Anglicanism - which might be called
"conservative evangelical" at one end of the spectrum and
"Anglo-Catholic" at the other. "Charismatic" isn't a useful indicator
in this respect, but the "women priests" question is - it unites the two
extremes which otherwise don't have much in common. This seems to be an example of the
spirit in which "Liberal Anglicanism" flourishes.
Eileen Mc Lean, Assistant
Rector, also makes the following point:
Come to think of it, what does "Anglican" mean?
Nigel McCulloch the Bishop of Wakefield recently provided a good description in The Times (in the wake of a somewhat controversial Lambeth Conference).
We don't have sufficiently detailed records of attendance - only baptisms, marriages and funerals (for certain periods). That information is usually more easily traced through the Registrar-General's records at what used to be Somerset House but is now at St Catherine's House, Strand, London, where copies of birth & marriage & death certificates can be obtained. There will be a fee and I'm not sure how much the R-G's
people will do for you. The advantage of this is that it covers the whole country, not simply one parish church. If you get your family tied down to a particular town or villagein Nottinghamshire you could then ask either the local church or the Nottinghamshire County Archives Office in Nottingham for further help. One other idea occurs to me: the Mormons have searched the majority of English parish registers (but maybe only for the pre-1837 period, that is before the R-G system began) and their microfiche database is available in many libraries in this country and no doubt in the States. That too would let you localise your search.