Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
SeeRound Online July 2017

Vying with the Vicar who calls the tune

Parishioners in front of Hertford Church

Parishioners at a Hertford Church have come up with a novel fund-raising idea – by banning the vicar’s choice of hymns. But it’s all in a good cause. The Vicar of Bengeo, Revd Robert Thompson explained,

‘Some parishioners were telling me that they were getting so fed up with singing some of the hymns I was choosing that they’d quite happily pay me not to. It sounded like a good deal to me!’

Mr Thompson set up the fund-raising Hymn Blocker so that church goers could bid for their least favourite hymn to help raise funds to pay the church bills. Hymns now banned from Holy Trinity include ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ and ‘He’s got the whole world in his hand’, with the most unpopular hymns crossed off the church’s playlist for a whole year. Revd Thompson said,

‘There have been one or two controversial choices. The axe was going to fall on popular classics like ‘Amazing Grace’ until one generous bidder stepped in to outbid the blocker and get it back on the hymn list.’

All the hymn duelling came to a happy end with over £500 being raised for church funds, and parishioners were delighted with the outcome. Church Warden Graham Squires said,

‘We’re always trying to think up some new ways to keep the bills paid and this was a fun way to settle some financial differences and musical ones too!’

Celebrating 210 years of priestly ministry

People dining at tables

Every now and then, Bishop Alan celebrates the significant anniversaries of priestly ministry among the clergy. Here is one such occasion where 11 clergy marked 210 years of ministry between them.

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