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Autumn 2010

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Holy Trinity Church - The Open Church Challenge

The Soar Valley is noted for its fine collection of medieval churches and Barrow Parish Church is no exception. Few country parishes have a church of such beauty and dimensions. The church was originally built over 800 years ago and was substantially rebuilt between 1862 and 1870, not least because of a collapse of the tower and a large part of the nave on 18th December 1868.

Today the church building offers immense historic interest, incredible artwork expressed in stained glass windows, the carved reredos, the wood furnishings and the general architecture, support to a worshipping community and a place of quiet and stillness, giving space for our engagement with ourselves, our creation and God.

Over the last five years, members and supporters of Holy Trinity Church have been working towards an extension to be built onto the north side of the church. Our vision is for this to open up greater use of the church and to offer the village a modern, accessible, community space.

Recently, the church council spent an evening exploring our hopes and vision for the future of the church and the extension. One of the themes which emerged in the discussions is the inspiration behind this article and can be called, 'The Open Church Challenge.'

The Open Church Challenge is a vision for the members and supporters of Holy Trinity Church, including those who have a pattern of attending services and those who don't, to serve on a rota in order allow the church to be open each week day for visitors from 10 am to 12 md. This would greatly extend the current times when the church is open for visitors, outside service times, which is all day on Saturday. There would always be two 'hosts' and their role would be to provide a presence and welcome. We want to do this in order to offer a different kind of space, in contrast to the busy intensity of life around us, for refreshment and reflection. We want to open up the church to more people more of the time.

If you would like to find out more, or provisionally offer your name so we can check if there is enough support to make this vision a reality, then please do contact the Parish Administrator, Emma Black (07985 110598 or via e-mail at morse02@hotmail.co.ukk or c/o 27 Cotes Road, Barrow upon Soar).

Before the initiative began we would have briefing sessions on procedures and the church history for all the volunteers. Whilst we will be working towards starting this new initiative next Spring, we do need a good response to this article to give us the confidence to keep developing this possibility - a gift we want to open up to the village and beyond.

Rev'd John Whittaker