Stanley's sermon hits the airwaves

On the 27th May, 1981, the Rev. Stanley Hodges had the biggest congregation of his life when his sermon went out to thousands of radio listeners.
The Sunday morning service on BBC Radio Four came live from Christ Church, Wickford, where Mr. Hodges has been the minister for 22 years.
The 200-strong congregation were warned before the broadcast to try not to cough or rustle their papers.
They sang four hymns accompanied by organist Frank Hunter. The lessons were read by Susie Holden and Mrs. Hilda Lemon.

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  • An article in the Evening Echo in March 1983 reported that Stanley had recently preached his last sermon at Christ Church, before retiring.

    By Bob Plimmer (13/11/2019)

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