LETTER: Changes in church
The induction of husband and wife team, the Rev Ian Brady and his wife the Rev Lynda Brady at St Mary’s church, Doddington will illustrate a great change taking place in the Church of England.
To be in charge of church affairs at no fewer than six parishes will impose a substantial workload upon them.
Decades ago a clergyman officiated at a single church building and it was not unusual if his work continued at the same place for many years.
He was looked upon by parishioners as a wise counsellor, one of the most influential persons equal to the lord of the manor.
The parson was imbued with a mine of information, a writer of the parish history and regularly visited parishioners for a chat over a cup of tea.
Quite often the old-time clergyman was a parishioner born and bred.
Nowadays if he or she is not prepared to share ministry with additional parishes, a great many of our country church are likely to be closed for ever.
- 1 Mini-convoy marks funeral of 'kind-hearted' lorry driver
- 2 Car travelled wrong way down A1 before triple fatal crash, say police
- 3 WATCH: Emotional tribute to honour and remember crash victim
- 4 He strangled Rikki, stripped him and left his body flat on his back, Old Bailey told
- 5 5 suspects identified from New Year's Eve attack
- 6 Plan B measures to be scrapped across England
- 7 Suspected poachers caught in farmyard raid as cops crackdown continues
- 8 ‘It’s been a very special day’ - Mary marks 100th birthday
- 9 Academy will train next generation of taxi drivers
- 10 Whittlesey ready for battle in bid to maintain promotion push
I know of several that are relegated to museums and some converted into houses. How times have changed.