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!!
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
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 December 2016/January 2017, by Rev’d Derwyn Williams I wasn’t brought up to be a frequent churchgoer. Until I joined the local church choir I was an occasional attender, along with my family. But there was one moment when attending worship was obligatory for us every year – Christmas morning. No presents, no … More The Joy of….Christmas Morning
Offer your hand for international friendship! Welcome an adult international student into your home for a day, weekend, or 4 days at Christmas, and do your bit to make the world a little friendlier. Many adult international students from across the world would love to spend a few days with you, learning about British culture, … More HOST (a foreign student at Christmas?)
Clergy Letter for May 2016 by the Rev’d Derwyn Williams. I wonder what the word ‘evangelism’ brings to your mind, and whether it inspires a feeling of fear or of fun? Perhaps it prompts an image of a stadium being addressed by Billy Graham, with an altar call being made, urging new converts to come … More Evangelism – frightening or fantastic?
Earlier this summer I attended the wedding of two of my closest friends. It was a wonderful occasion and joyful celebration although it also contained one hint of sadness. Unfortunately they were not able to marry in the church of their faith because they happened to both be of the same gender; this is because … More Thought for the Week – 17th Sept 2015