One Vision

Yesterday saw the culmination of the weeks and months of work on Phase 2 of our renewable energy project, and what a day of celebration it was.

The sun came out to join us as the congregation gathered before the service on the new paved welcome area, church wardens with their wands (tied together with a red ribbon!), servers with holy water, incense, and candles, and the children with brightly coloured flags. Two of our own, Tom Linley and George Carey, officially opened and dedicated the new thermal lobby and welcome area. Tom cut the ribbon and George blessed the cloister lobby in our Epiphany tradition with the words ‘Christus Mansionem Benedicat’ – Christ Bless this House, and a good waft of incense and dousing with holy water for good measure. Not stopping there, the assembled congregation got a sprinkling of Holy water too.

We were delighted to welcome back some familiar faces to St George’s for the Phase 2 celebration, including our friendly site foreman Sam and his partner Mel who travelled all the way from the Midlands to be with us. Sam’s fan club were there to greet him, Teddy spotted him from about fifty paces and there were big grins and hugs from the Tiley Twosome.

The celebrations continued in the evening with a Wash Common first – a Community Christmas Concert. It was a sell-out event with people coming from far and wide to hear our resident church choir, Harmony, soloists Helen Page and Amy Bennett accompanied by Clive Grant, as well as festive readings and an epic version of The Twelve Days of Christmas all compared by our excellent MD, Jon Houghton.

It was fantastic to see the church packed with new and familiar faces. We hope this is a glimpse into the future for St George’s, a future where our church continues to be a vibrant worshipping community, and is also a venue that at the centre of life on Wash Common, warm and full of people all through the week.

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