Open Church at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoons

Thank you to all those who have already responded and signed up to help with Open Church this summer.

Thank you to all those who have already responded and signed up to help with Open Church this summer. We started this on the bank holiday weekend, 27th May, and intend to keep the church open from 1-5pm every Sunday throughout the summer months until the end of September or early October. We have two people on at a time, the first pair between 1-3pm and the second pair between 3-5pm.

Open Church gives us a chance to welcome people into our church who might not otherwise attend. People walking the Thames Path often stop by and are pleased to find the building open. Some visitors are especially interested in the history of the building and some make a special visit to see the links with, e.g., JMW Turner, William Blake and Benedict Arnold.

Having the church open also enables those who wish to come into the building to reflect and to pray. These may be members of our own congregation, the local community or those passing by. A warm welcome is much appreciated with the offer to show people around if wanted or to leave them to their own devices.

You don’t need any special skills, knowledge or qualifications to join us in welcoming these visitors. There is a handout sheet available for those mainly interested in the building. We also point out the intercessions book, especially to anyone who may have come in for some stillness or time of prayer, in case this is of relevance to them.

Please consider joining us in welcoming our visitors. You can sign up on the sheet at the back of church or if you have any queries please contact me.

Thank you again to all those already helping.

Libby

Libby Bradshaw 07956 655037, [email protected]