It would appear that there is a faction within the church councils who believe that change is the only way to increase the congregation.
This may be true but perhaps the change should be from the members themselves.
What is the point of removing pews that for years have served the church and replacing them with chairs with a limited life span?
Holy Trinity Church is a Grade-II Listed building so how can English Heritage allow any great changes?
Perhaps they were not asked.
With All Souls, which has the same protection even though it has been closed for years, nothing can be moved in the building and any thoughts of removing pews to give floor space were stopped in their tracks.
It seems that the Church of England, which according to the press earns more than Starbucks, has similar delusions of power and ignores rules that bind us lesser mortals. The answer is to vote with your feet and go to another church. All Saints in the old town seems to be clear of vandals at the moment or if you have transport look to the village churches where you will I am sure get a heartfelt welcome.
Harold Road, Hastings
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