Mayflower pilgrims remembered in new book
It is 400 years since the Mayflower's pioneering voyage, which saw the Pilgrims sailing to America to seek religious freedom. A Norwich author is editing a book, to be published later this year, to commemorate this anniversary.
Strangers and Pilgrims on the Earth: Remembering the Mayflower Pilgrims, 1620 – 2020 will be available in November.
The idea for writing this came from a little book that was given to Dr John Clements, the pastor of the Old Meeting House Congregational Church, it had been published in Norwich in 1920 by Jarrold’s of Norwich, to mark the 300th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers.
John said, "I wonder how many of us know about this period of Christian history. It is estimated that around 38 million Americans today can trace their ancestors back to the Pilgrim Fathers, many of whom came from Norwich and Norfolk."
Jonathan Piesse, a historian who attends St Andrews Church in Norwich is one of the many contributors to the book. John Robinson, who became the Pastor to the Pilgrim Fathers for a short time was a minister at St Andrews Church. Jonathan’s contribution covers the teachings of Robinson which were very instrumental in developing the Christian Church in America.
Another English contributor is Adrian Grey from Retford. He is an English historian who organises Christian tours which cover the places in England associated with the Pilgrim Fathers.
The other contributors come both sides of the Atlantic and consist of Church Pastors and University Professors. The book will also feature a special essay by the late Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
John Clements has been invited to write the introduction and Prof Michael Haykin and Dr Roy Paul are co-editing the book with him. The book is being published in Peterborough, Canada by H&E Publishers.
Chapters will include the life of the Pilgrims in Holland; the voyage in 1620; William Bradford; William Brewster; the Mayflower Compact; the relevance of Thanksgiving Day; the encounter with the Indians; the Pilgrim Mothers; and several on the spirituality of the Pilgrim Fathers.
It is hoped to have a special book launch in November but until the current lockdown is over this cannot be finalised. Please watch out for further details.
Pictured above: an image from the book cover