Alison Norman (1934-2018)
We are sorry to announce the death of Alison Norman, long-term member, Trustee and Secretary of the Servants of Christ the King. Alison died at home on the morning of Sunday, 17 June. A memorial eucharist will be held at St Mary’s Church, 230 Bow Road, London E3 3AH on Sunday 1 July at 10:30am. The funeral will be on Friday 13 July at 11:00am at All Saints Church, West Farleigh, nr Maidstone, Kent ME15 0PD.
Donations made payable to ‘Headway’ may be sent c/o Viner & Sons Ltd, 54 High Street, West Malling, Kent ME19 6LU (telephone 01732 842485).
The Servants of Christ the King (SCK) began in 1943, inspired by the ideas of Roger Lloyd (1901-1966), Canon of Winchester. The movement has been described as a ‘fellowship of fellowships’, consisting of small local groups meeting for prayer, discussion and sometimes common action. Initially intended for Anglicans only, membership was extended to include other Christians from the 1960s onward. At one time there were hundreds of groups (known as ‘companies’) around the English-speaking world.
The story of SCK is told in Treasury of Blessings: The Servants of Christ the King 1943-2014 by Brian Bridge, first published in 2016 as a hardback. You can now download it free of charge as an e-publication. For details see the Download page.
The Servants of Christ the King held their final conference in September 2014, after 71 years of existence. The central organisation has now closed down.
The outstanding feature of SCK groups was their way of waiting on God in a structured practice of silent prayer followed by discussion and decision-making based on unanimity. See the Waiting on God page for more details.
It was never considered necessary to be affiliated to ‘central SCK’ to wait on God in the way which SCK pioneered. Some local groups continue to meet and it is hoped that others will learn about this practice and find it valuable.