Reader's Ramblings  -  Lead can be stolen, but some things cannot be destroyed

 The theft of lead from a church roof is most unpleasant and upsetting. In a village community it can leave the residents feeling disturbed and angry with many questions not easy to answer. “How did they manage to strip it and take it away without anyone noticing?” “ What can be done now to protect our church?” “ How can we possibly afford repairs and replacement?” “What insurance will we get?” “How can anyone be so selfish and greedy with seemingly no concern about other people's property or feelings?”

 Once the reality of the theft has sunk in, perhaps another question should be to consider the importance of church buildings for the local community and beyond. In pre-Victorian times, with no pews or chairs in the main body of the building, the church was an important meeting place for a variety of different activities needed by parish residents including settling disputes and administering local justice and a place for storage and trading and festivities. It was of course also a holy place for worship as well as teaching, and a place to mark rights of passage: birth, marriage and death. 

Villages have tended to hold on to the sense that their church building is an essential part of their community in ways that some urban churches may have lost, although towns have often discerned other local needs and values that their church buildings can stand for and provide. In villages there is often a strong sense of ownership especially where there has been a building on the same spot for hundreds of years. The building itself becomes more than a place of worship, not so much because of greater sensitivities about the activities which take place inside the building, but because it marks a spiritual space where God's life-enhancing presence can breathe into those who enter or pass by. It marks the fact that God and humanity still need to work together for good in the world. It provides a mark of permanence as a reminder about God and people coming together. Something of that permanence is eroded when there is wanton destruction. Most important now is the need to remember that in fact God himself, and our relationship with him, cannot be destroyed so easily. 

Anna Davis



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