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
Clergy Letter for July and August by the Rev’d Emily Davis As Christian feast days go, the Transfiguration of our Lord must be one of the most overlooked, if not neglected, of them and it often seems to pass without much notice. It’s feast day of August 6th probably doesn’t help, always falling in the … More Transfiguration of our Lord
What possible goals might God be giving St Michael’s? The following is the list of ideas and suggestions that came out of the Families Awayday on the 6th May. PCC members have resolved to investigate and develop some of the Awayday suggestions, seeking to do so in partnership with others in the church community. If you … More St Michael’s Families Away Day 6 May 2017
Clergy Letter for June 2017, by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams Some years ago a researcher was conducting interviews about faith in 20th century Britain. Here is part of her exchange with one of her subjects: Interviewer: ‘Do you believe in God?’ Subject: ‘Yes.’ Interviewer: ‘Do you believe in a God who can change the course … More The joy of….the Holy Spirit
Clergy Letter for May, by the Rev’d Derek Hinge Saying ‘good-bye’ is a common enough occurrence in our everyday lives. Friends visit and we say ‘good-bye’ as they leave us. We have a great holiday in the sunshine and, as the plane takes off, we say ‘good-bye’ to people we have met and the places … More “Good-byes”