‘Puritan Spiritual Practices Then and Now’
The Essex Conference (TEC) has the goal of doing theology. During the conference there will be:
- Open Air witnessing on the Saturdays
- Christian Heritage Ministry displays in the church hall
- Guided tour of Southbank, Southwark and the City of London (the golden Puritan square mile) – a London church historic study tool is used as well as a guided tour in Essex to bridge Hertfordshire, Bedford, Cambridge, Suffolk, Norfolk, Holland, Europe and USA.
- Introductory talks on English Puritans and their story, followed by lectures from notable speakers with specialisms in the history of Puritans and the Pilgram Fathers.
The Battle of Hastings and the Norman invasion of 1066 are basic English history lessons. But few are aware of the irregular and unchartered arrival of the French Huguenots (French-speaking Calvinists) in Kent during the Tudor, Stuart and Hanoverian times. It was a peaceful and large-scale immigration that took place over a long period of history in uncertain conditions.
TEC is aiming to be ‘A Beacon for England and to the World’ – a 16th century reference to Puritans and Pilgrims in Essex, Cambridge, and East Anglia.
The Conference is organized and supported by ‘Puritan Internationals(to be)’, Bridge Ministries/FEC, Essex Protestant Council and Christian Heritage Centre (Reformed Baptist Church Ministry nearby Birmingham)
Essex is Puritan County
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Two centuries later, Puritan teaching was reborn through Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) whose father and grandfather were pastors of independent congregations in Essex. He was born in Kelvedon and was brought up and converted in the area. His preaching took him to Cambridge and London where no church building could hold the crowds. He experienced the reality and truth of Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth” when he was converted from nominal Anglicanism on 6 January 1850 at the age of 15.
He is known as the ‘Prince of Preachers’. He was an important figure in the Reformed tradition, defending the church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.