'There's a wideness in God's mercy'

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Dear Friends,

I was recently sent to a hymn that in 37 years of ministry I have never chosen nor can recall ever singing. To some the hymn is known for a comforting misprint which gave the hymn as ‘There’s a Widnes in God’s mercy’. It may be found as ‘There’s a wideness in God’s mercy’. It was chosen for a service at Broxbourne during August and I produced a hymn sheet. It isn’t in any hymnbook that I regularly use so I found it on the web. All 12 verses of it! I only printed the five verses in the Presbyterian hymnbook. I wonder which verses the preacher wanted? Surely not all 12! One verse (not printed on my sheet, but in the URC hymnbook) made me stop and think: 

But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.



 Our mission is worshipping God and loving our neighbours. We have worship and groups and activities for all ages. You are assured of a friendly welcome. We provide a variety of times and styles of being church: Sunday mornings, twice a month on a Wednesday evening for exploring the spiritual side of life and monthly on Wednesday mornings informal prayer and reflection. In addition, the buildings are much used by the community. 

Fruits of the spirit


Advance notice of events:


Saturday 9th Herts and Beds sponsored bike and hike

Sunday 10th Commissioning, Hitch Hikers restarts

Tuesday 12th After Eights 'Victorians in the National Gallery'

Saturday 23rd URC produce and information stalls at the Scout Community Fete, Deaconsfield

Sunday 24th Harvest Festival and bring and share lunch

Monday 25th church Meeting