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Letters to AO

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Letters from 5 September to 11 September 2005

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We are indeed the church

I just want to say how good your front page letter is this week - as it is usually! A parish church has stood on the site of the existing building here in Thornhill since Saxon times and this weekend we share in the National Hertage Weekend when all historic grade one listed buildings are invited to be open for visitors. There is much history here and we cherish the past and the traditions we have inherited yet in our own small way we have tried in our recent renewal and restoration project to enable the mission of the church for the 21st century.

Not to be bound by the past but to use it as a springboard into the future. No matter how much we value (quite rightly) our buildings and the history they contain, the church really is the People of God. Once a year for the week of Prayer for Christian Unity we close the building and hire a community centre to worship together with other Christians in Churches Together. Everyone says 'we must do this more often' - and it comes as a powerful reminder that the church is people. To read your report of Anglican christians worshipping on the slabs of once beautiful church buildings is a more powerful testimony to this fact. Keep reminding us who worship in even more ancient churches of this reality.

Revd Canon Lindsay Dew
The Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels
Thornhill, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire UK
7 September 2005

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