Exploring what our heritage really means
This weekend we took part in the really successful Heritage Open Days initiative. Welcoming visitors to the church and the church centre is always a privilege but this weekend felt like a real perk of my job.
Our fabulous church people came out in force to help welcome and guide hundreds of people around the buildings, to display a fantastic collection of old photos and books and to demonstrate the stitching group's work. We were even able to bring out our Bishop's Bible, which dates back to 1568 and was part of the work leading up to the publication of the King James Version, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year. This was particularly exciting for us as a church as many of our regular members had never seen the bible before, let alone visitors to the church!
The atmosphere across both buildings was warm and buzzing and it was a wonderful experience to be with so many others from all walks of Holy Trinity's life, enjoying our special place and celebrating the amazing story with which God has blessed us so far.
Yesterday was particularly lovely for me as my 5 year old son, Owain, joined me to "help" all day! He had a great time and talked to anyone and everyone. I'm not sure everyone he spoke to was expecting a conversation largely centred around football and the A Team but noone seemed to mind!
It really struck me how he was just as much a part of the story we try to tell about our church as the older welcomers with whom he was discussing Coventry City and Mr T. This is something that we all know in principle but yesterday really showed what a varied and accepting community this has been, is and continues to be.