Media, Power and Love

Clergy Letter for December 2018 & January2019  by the Rev’d Derek Hinge Throughout this year, the media have made us more acutely aware than ever of the way in which power is exercised. Political power has been to the fore, as powerful leaders of nations have threatened, negotiated, challenged the status quo. In our complex … More Media, Power and Love

One Solitary Life

This was one of the readings at the St Mary’s Stansted “Angels and Christmas Tree Festival” Carol Service, held yesterday. I found it quite moving and a humbling reminder of how special Jesus was, and the impact this “one solitary life” has had on us all. He was born in an obscure village The child … More One Solitary Life

Churches In Decline

Kaya Burgess, Religious Affairs Correspondent for the Times reports that churches with small congregations will no longer be obliged to hold Sunday services as the C of E considers abandoning the legal requirement for struggling local parishes. Canon law obliges all parish churches to hold morning and evening prayer every Sunday and on key holy … More Churches In Decline

Dress code for vicars – surplice to requirements?

The sight of our vicar celebrating communion in a hoodie or leading evening prayers in jeans would come as a shock to most of our congregation, but the Church of England is set to scrap its dress code to make the traditional robes optional. The Church’s canon currently states that during holy communion and morning … More Dress code for vicars – surplice to requirements?