Clergy Letter for June 2018, by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams It was 1818. King George III was on the throne, but due to his illness (which many called madness), his son George was acting as Regent. Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey was published. Emily Bronte was born. The Old Vic theatre was founded, and Dr James … More An Important Anniversary
Clergy Letter for May, by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams About 40 years ago I was a not-so-angelic chorister in a small village church choir in Oxfordshire. As well as Sunday services and choir practices, the children of the choir would occasionally have training sessions at our choirmaster’s house, to monitor our progress, and see if … More That’s The Spirit!
Clergy Letter for April 2018 by the Rev’d Derek Hinge The two brothers and I were good friends. We had grown up together, and now in our late twenties, were fully occupied in their father’s fishing business. We were always laughing and joking together, banter and teasing without malice. Something was always done on April … More Who is the April Fool?
Clergy Letter for March 2018, by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams The music of the organ is one important aspect of our worship at St Michael’s. And every now and then Richard, or Robert, or whoever is playing, ‘pulls out the stops’ and makes a glorious, powerful sound, which fills the church, captivates our attention and … More Reflections on the Bishop’s visit
Clergy Letter for February 2018, by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude of the people also be.’ (Ignatius of Antioch, c.100 A.D.) On Sunday 4th February, we’ll be joined by the bishop of Hertford, the Rt. Revd Michael Beasley, for our morning services that day. He has kindly … More Visit by the bishop of Hertford, the Rt. Revd Michael Beasley
Clergy letter for December17/January18 by the Rev’d Derek Hinge Before we get into preparing to celebrate Christmas and herald the New Year, let us reflect on a revolution that we have remembered this year. In recent weeks we have been reminded of the 16th Century Reformation, prompted by the thinking and actions of Martin Luther … More Reformation, Revolution!!?
Clergy Letter for November 2017, by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams You’ll have noticed that our town is growing. Perhaps you’ve been stuck in a traffic jam when Rye Street was closed, or driven out towards Manuden, Farnham or Little Hadham, and found yourself passing a huge building site. Since last Spring various zones of the … More You will be my witnesses…in Stortford North?
Clergy Letter for October by the Rev’d Emily Davis It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since I joined you all at St Michael’s. It seems like no time at all since I was writing my introductory piece for the parish magazine back in 2014. But as many of you know this means … More Three Years Of Curacy
A Standard carried by the First World War’s longest-serving veterans has been put on display in Bishop’s Stortford following a £10,000 restoration. Now on display at Bishop’s Stortford Museum, the banner was proudly carried on ceremonial and remembrance occasions by the town’s members of the “Old Contemptibles”. The name was adopted by the British soldiers … More Restoration of Old Contemptibles Standard
Clergy Letter for September, by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams I’d like to ask 3 questions as I return to my occasional series on our different acts of worship. Which is the most Bible-based service available in the Church of England? Which is the most durable form of Anglican worship? Which is the best attended weekday … More The Joy….of Choral Evensong