On Saturday 14th September, our parish took part in the Festival of Churches – a three county wide initiative aimed at encouraging people to enjoy their local church.
Teme Valley North decided to provide hospitality across the day in each church, and those with a will could be fed and watered starting with croissants and coffee at Knighton in the morning, through to hot chocolate and cookies at Pensax to round off the day, all via a ploughman’s lunch at Lindridge and afternoon tea at Stockton.
Many thanks to those who provided hospitality and refreshments to such a high degree. There were also opportunities to find out about the local history of the church, and at lunch time Jason Fisher provided both a wonderful musical interlude with organ playing, as well as informative visits to the bell tower at Lindridge, with a chance to ring the bells there. The churches were beautifully presented, with some stunning floral displays, and again, great thanks to Jason and all those who made the churches lovely and interesting places to be.
The day began and ended with a short service of prayer, which felt that all the encounters that happened across the hours were held within the love of God.
It was a wonderful example of hospitality and pilgrimage across the parish, a paradigm for what is best about church, and a particular thanks is extended to Betty Andersson for organising and co-ordinating the day.
If you weren’t able to take part, please don’t ever hesitate to pop into any of our churches – they are always open during the day time, and it is the visits of those who want peace and quiet, to reflect or connect with the family history, that help make our churches resonate with an atmosphere of care and love.