The Cambridge Stations

For the second year running, ordinands from Westcott House have been involved in producing Stations of the Cross, which are situated around Cambridge during Lent.

The stations include a series of 13 original artworks across Cambridge, which depict the biblical narrative of the suffering and death of Christ.

They will be up from Ash Wednesday (14th February) until Easter Day (1st April).

Examples of works included: ‘Peter’s Denial’ by Revd Ally Barrett, ‘Judgement of Pilate’ by Michael Johns Perring and ‘Scourging and Crowning with Thorns’ by David Sheppard.

Find all the stations in the following locations:

  1. Jesus in the garden at Gethsemane – Gonville and Caius Chapel
    Access via the Porter’s Lodge
  2. The Betrayal and Arrest – Michaelhouse Chapel
  3. The Trial by the Sanhedrin – Westminster College
    Ask at reception
  4. The Denial by Peter – St Giles Church
  5. The Judgement of Pilate – St Edward, King and Martyr
  6. The Scourging and Crowning with Thorns – Westcott House
  7. Jesus Bears the Cross – Jesus College Chapel
    Access via the Porter’s Lodge
  8. Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus – Wesley Methodist Church
  9. Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem – St Paul’s Church
  10. Jesus is Crucified – Emmanuel College Chapel
    Access via the Porter’s Lodge
  11. Jesus Speaks to His Mother and Disciple – St Bene’t’s Church
  12. Jesus Dies – St Botolph’s Church
  13. Jesus Placed in the Tomb – Great St Mary’s Church

Making space in Advent

Article and artwork by Christine Campbell, second year ordinand.

How do you make space for Advent as an ordinand?

Although term finished near the beginning of Advent, many of us still have essays to write, church placements to experience and every growing piles of books to read. The days of December seem to speed past in a blur and as an ordinand with a family, I have particularly found myself dashing around, trying to fit online shopping, school events and visiting relatives in the time between working on assignments. I am sure I am not the only one who realises the irony of talking to those in the congregation about making space to reflect during advent, whilst finding no time to do the same myself.

So with ten days to go until Christmas, I enforced a ‘Quiet Day’ at home. I started with an advent reading; this year I have chosen Magdalen Smith’s Unearthly Beauty: Through Advent with the Saints. Then I reflected on the O Antiphons (see below) through art, whilst listening to And Comes The Day (Carols And Antiphons For Advent) by the Choir of Queen’s College, Cambridge. This was the result.

Painting depicting the imagery of the O Antiphons

The O Antiphons have been used since the time of the early church, in the 7 days running up to Christmas Eve. They are traditionally sung during vespers and each antiphon refers to a title used to describe the Messiah and to an old testament prophecy about Him. They are;

17th December – O Sapientia (O Wisdom)

18th December –  O Adonai (O Lord)

19th December – O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)

20th December – O Clavis David (O Key of David)

21st December – O Oriens (O Rising Sun)

22nd December- O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)

23rd December – O Emmanuel (O God with Us)

For more information:

Church of England usage of the antiphons can be found here;

Malcolm Guite’s wonderful explanation of the antiphons;




Welcome to the Westcott Foundation

Westcott House, Cambridge, has long been a place of foWestcott Iconrmation, study, prayer and inspiration for those training for ministry in the Church of England. More recently, we have been delighted also to welcome more independent students, and exchange students from across the globe. Over the past few years we have sought to continue to nourish, inspire, and encourage those already in ministry (whether or not they originally trained at Westcott) in a lifetime of learning and growing, and in response to the changing patterns and challenges of ministry in a variety of contexts.Salford

At the Westcott foundation we therefore seek to inspire the renewal of the church, though its leaders and ministers. We draw on in-house expertise (including our own research fellows) and the wisdom of our colleagues and friends from the University of Cambridge and beyond to provide a range of seminars that are relevant and insightful, spiritually nourishing and theologically grounded.  You can read some of the comments on our past events here.

C0190_001This year the programme includes events as varied as the acclaimed leadership seminars to the National Gallery event (Passion and Compassion – in Preparation for Holy Week), and from the Urban Ministry seminars (Nurturing Urban Virtues and Building Community) to clergy retreats.

It also features Re-imagining Forgiveness and Reconciliation, the first event in what we hope will become a major strand of the Foundation’s programme reflecting on peace and conflict at the international, communal, and personal levels.

This season’s brochure, and a booking form, can be downloaded here – if you are a church leader or minister, whatever the context of your ministry, there will be something for you. And if there are aspects of your ministry for which it feels as if nobody has prepared you, or for which training and development is hard to come by, please let us know.

We look forward to welcoming you (back) to Westcott House, and helping to inspire and resource your ministry this year and in the future.