The Readers Write........
have been reports in the press in recent days, about the Church of England proposing that some 2,000 historic, rural, ‘underused’
churches (ie those with congregations of ten or less) might be re-designated as ‘Festival Churches’. That means
that they would only be open for Easter, Christmas and perhaps Harvest.
Many, many years ago our churches were
built by villagers for villagers and we believe that they should remain open for today’s villagers. At the same time
we must admit that, today, fewer villagers seem to want their churches for anything other than ‘Festivals.’
the generosity of those villagers is such that our churches can remain open for the few who do want to worship on a more regular
But there is another looming concern. You may have noticed that the Benefice Readers are getting
– how shall we put it – a bit long in the tooth! Bits are beginning to fall off! For the last ten or eleven years
we have had a ministry team of three which has been supplemented more recently by an enthusiastic team of lay leaders of family
services and Messy Church.
Thus we have been able to have a service of some sort every Sunday in most
of our churches. If any more bits fall off the Readers this will have to change!
We have to accept
that there will only ever be one Rector for the Benefice, so anyone who feels that they have something to offer to the church
might like to consider the Readership. Who knows, like us, you might just find that that it is enjoyable, fun and immensely
Yours in Christ,