Sunday, 22 June 2014

Open Church

Today was Open Church Day in our diocese which means that all the Church of England Churches will stay open for the whole day. This is an opportunity for the public to come and have a look around the Church without having to stay for a service. It is also an opportunity for church goers to visit other churches without having to miss out on their own services.

Since there were only two children and two babies at our service this morning I asked the children if they would like to help me prepare the Borrow Bags for a display for the Open Church. They were quite enthusiastic and enjoyed a bit of drawing also.

So after parish breakfast we set up in the isle of the main body of the Church, and flung open our doors. It was quite refreshing and I wish we could keep them open more often.

We had tables from the Mothers Union and the vicar had displayed some interesting artefacts too. I managed to hand out some leaflets to a brave cyclist who challenged himself to cycle around all the Churches in Hertfordshire - quite a task I can imagine.

We provided some light refreshments of sandwiches, biscuits and tea for any passers by, and managed to enjoy a few for our lunch too. It was such a glorious day that a few of us went outside to soak up the sun and get our fill of vitamin D.

I feel that small Churches like ours need to do something above and beyond to advertise these events because if people don't know about it then we can't be shocked when they don't come.

Here are some of our displays:

Did you go to an Open Church today?

Until next time,
Every Blessing

Kate at S-T-O-C-K-S

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