The Parish of Bengeo

A family, together in faith with God our Father

Our people

The people that attend worship in our churches expect high standards of preaching and teaching in an atmosphere of reverence and joy.

The style is central ‘Broad’ Anglican, a tradition that is open and inclusive. Our watchwords are ‘charity’, ‘kindness’, and ‘mutual respect’.

 

We are a family growing together in the love of God and in friendship for one another.

A warm welcome awaits you.

Communion Children

Meet our Vicar

A word from our Vicar, Robert Thompson

I came to Bengeo in September 2005. My journey here has been a long one, with some interesting experiences along the way.

I come from what might be called an ‘agnostic’ background. Like many people my family only went to church for occasional baptisms, weddings or funerals. As a child, I knew that my local church was a place to be respected, but I don’t think I’d have been able to explain how or why.

My introduction to the life of the Church came through my local Cub Scout pack when I was about 8 years old. Being part of the Uniformed Organisations, attendance at our monthly church parade was something to be taken seriously.

I remember my first experiences of church services very clearly. The language of the prayers, the hymns and the priest’s sermon went straight over my head, but something about the place and the people connected with me at a very deep level.

Two influences have stayed with me: the kindness and the warmth of my local Vicar and the sense of togetherness shared between the people worshipping in church. Whatever else I understood about the church service, those qualities of friendship and joy were unmistakeable. I remember thinking, ‘I don’t know what it is you’ve got, but I’d like some of it’.

As a priest today, I can put names to the experiences I first encountered as a child. The kindness and warmth of my local Vicar is Christian compassion. The togetherness shared between fellow church members came from the grace they had discovered in the love of God.

I feel privileged to have begun my Christian journey in a local church where people had learnt to receive gifts of joy, peace and compassion and found grace enough to share them with others. This is an example of authentic Christian living that I want to see alive in every community today.

My hope for Bengeo is that our church can be an example of loving concern in our ambitions for one another and our faithfulness to God; and not just for ourselves, but also for the people living here whom we are called to serve.

In Bengeo Parish I want people to feel they belong to a church with the same warm and joyful heart that first stirred me to faith. But more than that, I want them to know God as the source of our values and centre of our relationships.

I want our church to be rooted in the love of God, and faith to be the strength that gives it life.

Vicar at Altar

Church Staff

Team Vicar The Reverend Robert Thompson
Associate Priest Father David Pepper
   
Churchwardens Graham Squires
Bridget Hersant
Secretary David Kenney
Treasurer Rosalie Squires
Sacristan Sue Kenney
Organist Jennifer Newton
Children’s Officer Pam Martin
Magazine Editor Diana Howarth
Magazine Distribution Pam Martin

Parochial Church Council

Reverend Robert Thompson (Chairman)
David Kenney (Secretary)
Bob Kelly
​Steve Perkins (Deanery Synod rep)
Joanne King
John Howson
Diana Howarth
Gail Cramphorn
Ros Squires
David Greely
Pam Martin
Jennifer Newton
David Pepper
Bridget Hersant
Pam Thain
Graham Squires
Peter Shillito
Sarah Newstead

The Hertford Team Ministry

Part of the Church of England's Diocese of St Albans, the Hertford Team Ministry is a group of five parishes in and around the county town of Hertford. The Team brings together a rich variety of parish traditions, local history and styles of worship from formal to very informal.

The Team Ministry was formed in 2008, bringing together the parishes of All Saints' Hertford, St. Andrew’s Hertford, St. Mary Hertingfordbury, and Holy Trinity Little Amwell with the Parish of Bengeo. The Team Rector is the Revd Jo Loveridge.

Jo says, ‘Over the years I have come to realise the value of sharing the Gospel, of working across the community, and the importance of high standards in the church's worship and I believe that we can work together to further these aims and to share the love of God in Hertford now and in the years to come.’

 

Hertford & Ware Deanery

Read the latest news from the deanery here.

20-October-2013
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