Clergy Letter for February 2019, by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams It was some time in the 1970s, I can’t quite remember exactly when. News went round the village (by word of mouth in those days) that something new was happening. There would be a special service called a Christingle, with a collection to support The … More Happy Birthday, Christingle!!
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
Clergy Newsletter for November, by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams Memory Hot and Cold I heard somewhere that there are 2 kinds of memory: hot memory and cold memory. Cold memory deals with the recall of facts – the simple memory of what happened when and where. It doesn’t move the soul or stir the heart. … More 1914 – 1918
October 2018 Newsletter, by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams. Out of the deep hovel called unto thee, 0 LORD! LORD, hear my voice. (Psalm 130.1) Deep calls to deep In the thunder of your waterfalls: all your breakers and waves have gone over me. (Psalm 417) I wonder — what are the deepest experiences your life has brought … More October Newsletter: The wondrous depth of God
Clergy letter for September 2018 by the Rev’d Derek Hinge I am writing this at our third son’s apartment in Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where he emigrated eighteen months ago. We are coming to the end of a three-month extended holiday. During our stay we have worshipped at the Anglican Church of St John … More British Columbian Reflections
Clergy Letter for July/August 2018 by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams Silence. I wonder how you react to it? I wonder if you like ft. I wonder how you’d complete the sentence: ‘Silence Is..? Is It golden for you? Or uncomfortable? Or unbearable? And I wonder when you were last truly, profoundly, utterly silent In body … More Silence is…..human
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