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Revd Canon Professor Martyn Percy to be the new Dean of Christ Church

The Queen has approved that the Reverend Canon Professor Martyn William Percy, BA (Hons), MEd, PhD, Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, be appointed Dean of Christ Church, Oxford in succession to the Very Reverend Christopher Andrew Lewis BA, PhD, on his resignation.Martyn Percy cropped

Professor Martyn Percy was educated at Bristol University, Sheffield University and at King’s College, London. He trained for the ordained ministry at Durham University. Since 2004, he has been the Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon. The College also incorporates the Oxford Ministry Course, the West of England Ministerial Training Course, and the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology (a research and consultancy centre).

Professor Percy is a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London and Visiting Professor of Theological Education at King’s College, London. He is an Honorary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral, and a former Canon Theologian at Sheffield Cathedral. He has served as Curate at St. Andrew’s Bedford, and then as Chaplain and Director of Theology and Religious Studies at Christ’s College, Cambridge. From 1997 to 2004 he was the Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute for the Study of Religion and Society.

Martyn has served as a Director and Council member of the Advertising Standards Authority, and as a member of the Independent Complaints Panel for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry). He is currently a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority as well as an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification. Since 2003 he has co-ordinated the Society for the Study of Anglicanism at the American Academy of Religion. He writes on Christianity and contemporary culture and modern ecclesiology. His recent books include Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment and Communion (2013) and Thirty-Nine New Articles: An Anglican Landscape of Faith (2013). Professor Percy is 51, and married to the theologian the Revd. Dr. Emma Percy, who is Chaplain and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. They have 2 sons.

When Year Three went to Christ Church

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by Claudia and Lukas

On 26 February 2014 Year Three of St Nicolas School Taplow went to Oxford’s Cathedral at Christ Church to learn about the cathedral and what they do!

The cathedral is a yellow sandstone brick building which is very old and special. The patterns on the windows are beautiful.  It is very large and wide. It is magnificently magical with gold all over the bishop’s throne. We liked seeing the windows because it was amazing because the windows were magic. It was all grey outside but inside it was very bright and colourful. We enjoyed hearing the story about St Frideswide a girl who helped the poor and became a nun. There is a beautiful window telling the story.

The cathedral’s life all starts at 6 o‘clock when the verger comes in and opens the doors to light the candles and prepares for the first service of the day. We looked at a PowerPoint and learnt the timetable of what they do which was very interesting and it starts very early! We learnt a lot about the church organisation with the bishops and that they wear a pointy hat that represents the flame of the Holy Spirit. We even got to dress up in the clothes that they wear which was very funny!

We had a small service in the Cathedral. We sang a hymn, our favourite, ‘Here I am Lord’. Eight lucky people got to say our class prayers that we wrote. Father John sang “Lord in your mercy” and we sang “Hear our prayer” back. When we had the blessing, Father John said holy things about us. We felt special because we got to do that. We were honoured to be presented with our own Bibles. We felt really lucky and we felt we were going to burst because it was fun and very exciting.

What we thought and how we felt: Very excited, it was a very magical experience. Year 3 loved the church and we think everyone else would enjoy it too. The trip went very well and we thought God would always be with us in our hearts and we know God will be with us all the time no matter what we do. We were shocked about how much gold there was! The bishop must be really lucky to have a golden throne.

Claudia and Lukas are pupils at St Nicolas School. If your school would like to book a day out at Oxford’s Cathedral at Christ Church, contact Jim Godfrey on jim.godfrey@chch.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 276154.