Preaching this Coming Lord's Day
God willing, this coming Lord's Day I shall be preaching at Bethel Chapel, the Bars, Guildford. Located near the centre of Guildford, Bethel Chapel is a pleasant oasis in the midst of a godless modern city.
Services are at 11.00 AM and 6.00 PM.
Guildford is also known in Chhurch history as the birthplace of George Abbot, the last Calvinistic Archbishop of Canterbury before William Laud. Abbot was a powerful preacher, and a moderate man who, while not a Puritan himself, sympathised with many of the concerns of the Puritans, and did not persecute them. His spirit is illustrated by his response to a hunting accident in which he shot a gamekeeper and killed him. While everyone agreed that the gamekeeper had behaved recklessly, Abbot was deeply troubled by the accident, and he paid a pension to the man's widow out of his own resources.
Abbot's greatest legacies are his Hospital (alms-houses) in Guildford, and the library at Lambeth Palace, which is largely his.