As many know plans are afoot for redevelopment at Saint Anselm’s this coming year. The vision being to build a parish room to serve as community space allowing us to transform the current dual use hall into a permanent beautified space for worship.
The good news is that work is well under way so we will soon be putting in planning permission after which the fun really starts. To keep people informed of all that is happening new pages will be added to our website just as soon as planning consent is given. Please pray for this initial process to go smoothly.
When the new parish room is built we will immediately replace the plastic chairs with pews (we have several which are currently being stored at Fr. Nicholas’ house) and once we have pews what else could a village church need but beautiful hassocks each with a different story to tell? Now that is English patrimony!
Joanna Bogle, a great friend of Saint Anselm’s and of the Ordinariate, certainly thinks this a good idea and so, in an act of great kindness, she has rallied round her chums, many of whom worship at the Church of the Precious Blood in London, to begin the work of making hassocks to be donated to Pembury when completed. As you can see Joanna’s is coming along nicely!
This week our own congregation will be invited to join the scheme and hopefully we will end up with lots of beautiful hassocks to help make our new worship space really welcoming and warm. Could you help Saint Anselm’s by making a Hassock? If so do get in touch or simply get stitching. We have one or two packs at church to get people started and the more advanced may wish to design their own.
What fun and yet another sign of the progress our little church is making as it develops into a parish in its own right and learns to breathe with two lungs, one Diocesan and one Ordinariate. Watch this space for further developments…