I’m writing regarding the concerns a few people have raised recently about the removal of pews and insertion of toilets into the beautiful old building of Holy Trinity Church.
I understand that this is breaking years of tradition and maybe causing some deep upset to some. I have visited Holy Trinity on several occasions, and have been so encouraged by seeing the love, care and vibrancy of life there.
It is a very hospitable church and understandably is attracting a lot of new life to it.
They show care for the homeless and marginalised, including specifically Safehaven which welcomes women on the margins to a relaxing afternoon of pampering, food and a hot drink.
I’ve witnessed people who have been caught up in life’s struggles, finding freedom and healing at Holy Trinity.
The church News Sheets are often filled with different fun events to attend, and it’s great to see people of all ages and backgrounds being welcomed into such a vibrant, life-giving community there.
I therefore do understand the need for making the interior of Holy Trinity a more versatile and hospitable space to help cope with its growth.
This of course will lead to some break in tradition, such as the use of more comfortable chairs (which are moveable and can make the space more multi-purpose) and easily accessible toilets (currently there is only one which is hard to access). I would ask those who are feeling upset over the situation, to look and see the new life coming in that is before you, be encouraged, and consider the God that you serve.
See His delight in people feeling welcomed in that beautiful place, those struggling with life issues being set free, and those who are sick being healed.
I’m sure God is far more interested and concerned for this, rather than the situation of the pews and toilets.
I really don’t believe His concern would be material, and the material won’t last anyway, but the new life will.
If people’s concerns are more material, then perhaps it is best they vote with their feet and move to another church where such material needs may be met. Personally, I would like to say thank you to Holy Trinity for the warm welcome I always receive when I visit, the love and care that is offered, and the wonderful community spirit they have.
You are a blessing to our town, and may God bless your future and keep smiling on you (pews or not)!
Old London Road
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