Getting Together on Tuesdays

A few of the folk attending the coffee morning

 

For so much of its life, St Peter’s Church in Goodwick has been a lively hub of activity for local people.

The foundation stone was laid in 1910 and the church quickly took shape around it. The addition of a church hall behind the church, opening in 1983, was built entirely by volunteers from the community. It was a welcome new venue for church activities and has been invaluable for parishioners, particularly since the church itself was closed in 2016.

1 March saw the first all-new Community Coffee Morning and a chance for a chat and a delicious assortment of cakes, waffles and pancakes.

Felicity Hough

We asked Felicity Hough who is a lay reader what had happened to the church. She explained that although the tower itself was structurally sound, there were some problems with water leaking in and the electrics had been deemed unsound. Not a safe combination.

Felicity agreed: “In all, including repairing damage to the organ, would have cost around £200,000. It wasn’t fair to ask the community to find that amount of money, so unfortunately the church was closed.”

She explained that the church is held in deep affection by local people, so having the hall in which to meet for services and other activities was some consolation. “It means there is still a presence in the area.”

Julie Sliz has been part of the community for the past 18 months. She married in the mother church, St Gwyndaf, is a member of the P.C.C and of the Mothers’ Union, and keen to keep community alive.

Julie Sliz

“I heard Christopher Brown preaching about service to others,” she said. “And I wondered what I could do. We have all been so shattered by covid and many people have been feeling alone and isolated. We thought that by creating a space where people can come and chat and eat cake and be with other people, we could help people reconnect.”

Julie has a vision of more than just a coffee morning. She wants the hall to be a place where people can be with others or doing their own thing in a place with others. It’s very busy with many smiley, friendly faces as people chat and laugh together.

The hall itself has been arranged with space for meditation and mindfulness, and a quiet reading area with magazines and newspapers donated by John at Goodwick Post Office, as well as tables laid out with yummy treats, and there is a hum of activity from the kitchen where busy helpers are dispensing hot drinks.

Malcolm Hough

As we were serenaded by Malcolm Hough on his violin, Julie explained her vision: “We hope that people will come and bring their own craft projects, perhaps at some point run some workshops, or just sit and knit and sew or paint, or do what they enjoy but with others around and not just at home alone. We really want this to be a place of welcome. We may be a faith community, but this isn’t about evangelism. This is about community.”

The Community Coffee Morning, Together On Tuesday, will take place at St Peter’s Church Hall in Goodwick on the first Tuesday of each month. The next one will be Tuesday 5 April between 10am and 12 noon. The venue is fully accessible and, for a donation, drinks, cake and biscuits will be available.

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