The Rev. Canon Martyn Griffiths has been Rector of Henley with Remenham since 2005.
After schooling in Sutton Coldfield, Martyn attended Nottingham University and Kelham Theological College, followed by a year at St Martin’s College of Education, Lancaster.
Following his ordination to the priesthood in 1975 Martyn served in parishes in the Dioceses of Birmingham, Manchester and Blackburn. He also worked on various Diocesan Committees, including the Finance Committees in both Manchester and Blackburn, and the chairmanship of the Property Committee in Blackburn, with responsibility for all clergy housing in the diocese.
From 1980-1984 Martyn served as Assistant Administrator at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Norfolk.
Martyn is married to Anne, a primary school teacher, and they live in the Rectory, immediately opposite the church in Hart Street.
Rector’s Letter for July 2017
A friend of mine is just about to be ordained deacon in the Diocese of Lichfield. Sadly the ordination is on what we call Regatta Sunday—and it might come as a bit of a shock to everyone likely to read this that, as far as I know, ‘Regatta Sunday’ does not appear in the Church of England Calendar! How can this be, we ask ourselves. But it does just remind us that, no matter how large a part the Royal Regatta—and others—play in the life of Henley, outside this town life goes on as usual.
For my friend however, it is the Sunday after St Peter’s Day—Petertide—traditionally one of the days when bishops ordain those who have been duly chosen and prepared. Each one of them will have their own stories to tell of their ‘journey’ to ordination. Perhaps for some it was a slow realisation which has taken many years to crystallise, whilst for others there might have been a ‘Damascus moment’. However the first call to ordained ministry came, there will then have been a time of discernment for both the candidate and for the Church. There will also have been a certain amount of academic and pastoral studies to be completed. Some may have undergone full time study at one of the Theological Colleges supported by the Church; whilst others will have been on some diocesan or multi-diocesan study course, part-time study undertaken whilst continuing in normal employment.
Whatever the style of study, when most of it is over, then the Bishop will summon the candidate for their ordination as a deacon, followed, usually a year later, by their ordination as a priest. But it’s a bit like confirmation—this is really only the beginning of a lifetime of learning, both theological and pastoral, both formal and informal.
Priests are called to support their people, to celebrate the sacraments, to explain the scriptures and the teaching tradition of the Church. So as a new ‘batch’ joins the ‘order of Melchizedek’, pray for your priests, and for vocations to the priesthood—after all, it might be for you!
With my love and prayers,