Without any warning, the Government announced on Saturday evening that Church buildings will be able to open for Private Prayer from Monday 15th June
. We are delighted that the church, which has stood for 700+ years as a ‘house of prayer’ at the centre of our community, will once again be accessible to the village.
A small group of us have been making the necessary preparations, (think risk assessments, logistics, publicity and procuring bucket loads of hand sanitiser!) However we can’t open the church without your support…
For years a dedicated group of volunteers have unlocked the church in the morning, with others locking up in the evening. On behalf of the whole church family: a heartfelt thank you to all who have played these key roles so faithfully in recent years. The majority of these faithful helpers are now over 70 and have understandably declined to resume their roles under current circumstances. The same is true of most of the group who help clean the church on a rota each week. Now is the time to raise up a new generation to take on these essential roles.
Are you under 70? Can you spare a few minutes one day a week? We are looking for people to join a team to undertake the following…
- Unlock the church and wipe down door handles etc anytime between 8am and 10am (one morning per week on a rota)
- Lock the church anytime between 5 & 8pm (one evening per week on a rota)
- Help dust and hoover the church (at your convenience once per fortnight)
If you like helping ‘behind the scenes’ this could be just the thing for you. None of the tasks are onerous – especially if we get a strong team together. The more people willing to help, the more days the church can be open to the public.
Please help, even if it is just during ‘Lockdown’, so we can get the church open for the village again.
Call me 01582 833144 or email me on RevRichB@gmail.com. I really look forward to hearing from you. God bless you – Richard.