Diary: I do wonder why more churches do not
have a gaggle of geese about the place. No villain stripping lead
from the church roof would dare descend his ladder if there were an
enraged goose at its foot.
St Albans is part of a quartet of dioceses - the others are
Chelmsford, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, and Sheffield - with
centenaries this year.
David Winter records an interview for Songs
of Praise on a windy day
John Wall: Like many clerics (and, I suspect, a
goodly number of Church Times readers), I am partial to the
occasional ecclesiastical oddity, and I recently came across a
Robert Mackley: I HAVE never thought of myself
as a sex symbol. This is for a variety of reasons which, it is fair
to say, we do not need to enter into now. My conviction was
questioned the other day, however, after I made a home visit.
Word of the Lord
ALTHOUGH I enjoy taking part in the General Synod, during a
debate I often feel as though I have strayed into a parallel world.
This is certainly noticeable when we are discussing liturgy.
In General Synod-land, we agonise over every word, punctuation
Diary: I OVERHEARD anxious talk in Hymns
A&M Towers last week about whether the Bishop of London were to
be invited, enjoined, permitted, or forbidden (I am not sure which
term is appropriate in what must surely be some form of peculiar)
to asperse the refurbished Church House Bookshop with holy water
when he blessed it on Monday.
The diocese in Europe is uniquely well placed to contribute to
our national First World War commemorative project,
says Jonathan Boardman, as he travels to an
annual Remembrance commemoration.
John Pridmore: THESE days, I tell anyone
interested that I am "a retired retired clergyman". That is to say,
I no longer do anything. I don't help out or stand in. I crave
neither altar nor pulpit. I have forgotten where I put my
Diary: YOUNG people in rural villages have
many advantages, I am sure, but the opportunity to make live music
in a band, and at the same time find that church does not have to
be deadly boring, is not usually one of them.
Glyn Paflin: THE life-changing impact of
the now apparently venerable "Shine, Jesus, shine", to which I
cannot testify, may be one thing, but the story of its adaptation
at England's Nazareth as "Shrine, Mary's Shrine" is quite