We know well enough that an open church is something that needs managing, and any idea needs discussion.
The best ideas are raised openly and with the possibility of the church becoming a “heating hub” I put the suggestion to our Nextdoor community, local councillors and residents’ association.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive, not so much how the idea might work but in what ways can we make this work, from coffee mornings, use of our WIFi, to linking the possibility with our hosting a monthly community nurse and looking at the church as a place where people might come for “signposting”.
This idea is rooted in our faith, and flows from the heart of what we do.
It is a prayerful response to the needs around us.
It is a lived out expression of our Lord’s words: “come unto me all who are overburdened, and I will give you rest.”
We simply need to work out the details!