Welcome to the Society of the Faith
The main activities of the Society are –
- making reasonably-priced accommodation available in Faith House for organisations and companies which promote the Christian faith and the Anglican Communion, as well as for other charitable organisations;
- promoting the revival and reissue of Faith Press publications and sponsoring new publications;
- conserving an archive of Faith-Craft drawings and Faith Press publications;
- building a database of known Faith-Craft works;
- giving grants to further our charitable aims;
- administering the Hoare Trust, which grant-aids the conservation and provision of ecclesiastical needlework :
- administering the Liddon fund, a restricted fund which finances the annual Liddon Lecture and grants to young people for advanced theological study.
For more information about recent activities see the What’s New tab above.
POSTPONEMENT OF 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
In the early hours of 23 June, a violent storm, combined with torrential rain and a very high tide, caused extensive flooding in Westminster. Unfortunately, the basement and boiler room of Faith House were seriously affected. We have offered Watts and Company temporary sanctuary in our board room, the Douglas Room. Unfortunately, this means that we cannot, at present, use the Douglas Room ourselves.
The Court have decided to postpone the AGM rather than to try to find an alternative, possibly expensive, venue at such short notice. The Society’s Articles permit a postponement. If you were planning to attend please do not come on 19 July. The Eucharist at St Faith’s Chapel has also been postponed. As soon as we have a new date and venue members will be notified.
The Society of the Faith is delighted to announce,the publication of ‘All Manner of Workmanship’ edited by Robert Gage and published by Spire Books (ISBN 978-1-904965-50-3). This is the first scholarly examination of Faith Craft – its work, and also its place in the life of the Church of England through much of the 20th century. Based on the papers given at the Symposium held in 2014 and beautifully illustrated the contributors are –
Dr Elain Harwood setting the scene with an overview of 20th century church design.
Dr James Bettley examining the career of Laurence King, both architect and designer, and one of Faith Craft’s most important executants.
Judge Michael Yelton tracing the history of Faith Craft as a company, and showing how it helped present a respectable face of Anglo-Catholicism.
Father Stephen Keeble detailing the extensive work of Faith Craft in his own church in North London.
Here is a review in the Daily Telegraph.
To purchase a copy please contact your local bookshop or order directly from Spire Books, South Barn, Old Standlynch Farm, Downton, Salisbury SP5 3QR Cheques should be made payable to J Elliott for £34.95 including p&p. Telephone enquiries to 01722 711665 and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquiries about membership of the Society are welcome, especially from laity and clergy who are interested in Church arts and crafts. Please see the section on Membership.
The Society is administered by trustees, known as the Court of Fellows, assisted by the Secretary and Treasurer.
The next court meeting will be held after the 2016 AGM, once the date for that is known.
Dates for 2016/17 will be set after the AGM by the new Court.
All meetings are in the Douglas Room at Faith House