01 July 2009
The Archbishops’ Council has signed an agreement with Anglican charity Hymns Ancient & Modern to publish liturgy, key reference titles and other resources for the Church.
Under the agreement, the Council will continue to publish a range of titles to support the ministry and mission of the Church under its Church House Publishing imprint, with Hymns Ancient & Modern (HA&M) acting as its production and marketing arm.
Philip Fletcher, who chairs the Archbishops' Council's Publishing Group, said: “Hymns Ancient & Modern have a long and distinguished track record in publishing. This agreement with them will ensure that a full range of vital Church resources, including Common Worship, Crockford's, the Church of England Year Book and other key titles will continue to be published to high standards in an economic way. We shall also be working with Hymns Ancient and Modern on maintaining and developing the Council's electronic output, including Visual Liturgy Live and Crockford's online.”
The Rt Revd Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield, and a trustee of Hymns Ancient & Modern said: “We are delighted with the opportunity this gives us. We very much appreciate the trust placed in us and will continue the great tradition of Church House Publishing. We expect that this partnership will give enhanced support to local churches everywhere and effectively communicate the Christian faith.”
HA&M already provide customer service and distribution services to Church House Publishing and act as agents for the sale of advertising space in Crockford’s Clerical Directory and The Church of England Year Book.
HA&M have provided a similar range of services to the Methodist Church for its Epworth imprint for more than 25 years. In 2006, HA&M took over Church House Bookshop, Great Smith Street, London, from the Archbishops’ Council.
Church House Publishing (a publishing imprint of the Archbishops’ Council) had a turnover of just under £1m in 2008. It produces essential tools for the Church of England’s ministry such as Common Worship, the Church of England Year Book, and Crockford’s Clerical Directory.
Hymns A&M Ltd is a registered charity, with the objects of promoting the advancement of religion and supporting charities and institutions connected with, or sympathetic to the ideals of, the Church of England. Turnover in the 12 months to 30 September 2008 was £5.8 million.
In the last full financial year, financial support amounting to more than £72k was distributed by the charity. It publishes under its own imprints – Canterbury Press, SCM Press and RMEP – and provides distribution services to a range of publishers, including Church House Publishing, Darton, Longman and Todd and the Royal School of Church Music.