We are delighted to celebrate that the scaffolding that has been gracing the front of our church building for the last 7+ months has finally been removed.
During November a section of lime mortar cornice fell from within the ceiling of our portico area. No-one was hurt but we clearly needed to get the problem fixed and keep the area out of use. As our building is grade 2* listed, these things take time to get properly approved. In the meantime the church has remained active and open for worship and rooms bookings.
We’re very grateful for all those within the Methodist circuit and beyond who have assisted in getting the work done, and to contractors and subcontractors who worked so efficiently once the necessary consents were in place.
It’s good to be able to use our front doors again, and take up our proper place on St Saviourgate.
At some point in the night of Wednesday 28th November, some lime-mortar plaster came away from the ceiling underneath the Portico at the front of our church. Thankfully, no one was hurt. On discovery, Church and circuit staff acted quickly to make the area as safe as possible.
We have sought specialist advice, and are waiting for a further inspection of the damage. Scaffolding is being erected to enable this inspection, and protect people from any further falling debris.
The front steps of the church and portico area are likely to be out of action for some time until we are advised that all is safe. All church activities and other room bookings will go ahead as normal, with access via the side entrance. We are open as usual!
We value our special building, and everyone who uses it. We’re grateful for everyone’s patience whilst we work to make sure the area is repaired safely and appropriately.
It is September and we have begun a new Church Year, a time we can hope of New Beginnings.
We Methodist Christians are lucky – we have two ‘New Years’. This one, starting in September (and echoing the educational year), marks a new annual cycle of Church events and celebrations.
Look out this year for us continuing things we’ve done before, letting some things go, and also trying some new things. Watch this space for more details!
A prayer for the new year:
Lord, we come to you in adoration for all that you have done for us over our lives.
We pray for a new beginning to help us to bring our churches into the 21st Century which will encompass everyone.
We pray for all of our Churches and all who work lovingly to bring your message to all those around them. We pray that we can all have open minds and hearts for your love and the ability to spread that love throughout the world. Amen
Due to changes in data protection legislation we need to draw your attention to the Privacy Notice produced by the Methodist Church. This describes how we look after your personal data and your privacy rights and how the law protects you.
This Privacy Notice applies to local Churches, Circuits and Districts as well as the Connexion- it is not a template but a completed document that tells our members and contacts about how we manage the information we hold on them.