NOT much is known about St Firmin, bishop and martyr. The
Oxford Dictionary of Saints has little to say other than that
he was probably a fourth-century missionary bishop who died in
Amiens, or possibly a second St Firmin buried in the same grave -
one a martyr, the other a confessor - each with a feast day in
It also notes that there are two ancient churches in England
dedicated to St Firmin, and it is the congregations of those two
churches who recently got together simply on the grounds that they
share a saint.
Despite Hurricane Bertha, a coach-load from St Firmin's,
Thurlby, in Lincoln diocese, drove through torrential rain to meet
members of St Firmin's, North Crawley, in Oxford
The two priests - the Revd Mandy Marriott (Oxford) and Canon
Janet Beadle (Lincoln) - met for the first time, and the two
congregations joined together for a Songs of Praise service,
followed by "a wonderful afternoon tea", Canon Beadle says.
They compared church buildings, and found that the Oxford church
was the older by some 300 years. They are now planning a return
visit from Oxford to Lincoln next year.