Fait accompli! That is the situation at Holy Trinity in Robertson Street. Our beautiful church is to be torn apart in the name of Jesus.
We all know and appreciate the problems faced by the Anglican Church with ever dwindling congregations, but is the ripping out of the pews to accommodate a stage to turn the church into a glorified concert hall the right way to go?
Coupled with this the high altar is to be cordoned off to be turned into a toilet area.
The pulpit and choir stalls will be made redundant to be replaced by a drum kit.
The serene and sacred nature of the church is to be destroyed to make a playground.
All this done without consultation with the congregation who have worshiped there since 1859 with unique traditional services.
Whilst accepting the need for change and understanding that the church needs to reach out for new and younger blood it seems unacceptable that the price to be paid are drastic overnight alterations.
A large number of the existing congregation are distressed, even to the point of tears, and to be steamrollered over in this manner is nothing short of enforced submission with no voices allowed to be heard.
The Church Council knew of these changes two weeks earlier and were forced into secrecy to prevent a backlash until the vicar announced the plans in his sermon on the eve of the builders moving in.
A tragic, severe transformation that is unwanted, unnecessary and should not be allowed to happen.
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