Sunday, June 16, 2024
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Vicar’s Article – Sacred Space Health Check!

Every 5 years, our church building undergoes a top-to-toe health check. It’s called an architect’s quinquennial inspection (QI). It involves a thorough survey of the fabric of the church and grounds.

The architect then produces a report, recommending works and repairs. These have to be completed before the next QI unless, of course, the work is urgent.

I’m pleased to report that the latest QI declared the church building to be in very good health. We received this news with great joy and relief because, over the past 10 years, we have raised and spent hundreds of thousands of pounds repairing and restoring the church.

It’s been a mammoth effort. The QI report is the icing (and cherry) on the cake!

However, the report did stress the importance of maintenance.

Why restore a church building, only to let it fall into disrepair through lack of care?! And, of course, maintenance needs money, too. So could you help us? Why not join our ‘Friends Scheme’ (details in this mag)? We all need friends, including the church building.

The church performs many functions in and for the village. But the physical presence of the church building reminds us – daily – that God is always with us and in our midst. It is our ‘sacred space’ and it’s in good nick. And we’d like to keep it that way: for the benefit of all.

Thank you for all your support.
Revd Douglas Black