|Our Breakfast Furniture!!|
We loved walking around the Bishop's Garden and spent Saturday morning sitting in the Cathedral listening to the organist practice for the next day's service.
We stayed overnight in a local pub and I couldn't help but notice the breakfast furniture!
The room was full of old pews and chapel chairs - the sort with hymn book holders on their back.
I thought it just a touch ironic (especially as I sat for ten years on The Baptist Union's Listed Buildings Advisory Committee) that the very furniture we often throw out - because it's not modern or comfortable enough and doesn't attract 'non-churchy' people, eventually finds its way into a pub, exactly the place where such people love to spend an evening with friends as they sit on 'our' pews!!!
It's an odd world at times!!
It made me ponder what it really means to be a 'welcoming Church'? No doubt it may have something to do with the comfort of new chairs but I suspect it has far more to do with offering folk a warm-hearted, sincere and genuine greeting. It's integrity that makes the difference.
We often seem to tinker at the periphery and miss what's really important at the centre.