Pew move news

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After a long period of discernment and conversation, we are now approaching the time when we will be saying farewell to our pews. It seems hard to believe, but the Sunday to say goodbye is Sunday 7 August. Following the last steps of the paperwork, the plan is now to remove the pews in the week beginning Monday 8 August, so on Sunday 14 August, we will have our first Sunday services seated on chairs!

We want to make sure we’ve preserved a memory of how the church looks today for future generations, so at church this Sunday (31 July) and next (7 August), we’ll be taking photos – come prepared! Want to join in? Take and tweet/Instagram your own #pewselfie and we’ll compile a record of us saying goodbye to our favourites!

Back in the winter, the PCC unanimously agreed that the time was right to begin the process leading towards this. We had conversations within the congregation, trying together to discern God’s way for our building at this time. In May, we opened up the conversation with our community, displaying a notice about this plan outside the church. On Wednesday, we were visited by the Chancellor of Southwark Diocese whose job it is to weigh up the church’s history and its future, to hear about the process we have gone through and our plans and hopes, and to give the final go-ahead for the removal of the pews.

We believe that this is the right move for this time, opening up the church for more flexible use at a variety of services and events. We’re excited about the possibilities it will offer us, and are looking forward to what lies ahead.

Want to buy one? There’s a chance of exploring the possibility of buying a refurbished pew from the company that will be removing them for us – contact jim.rennison@allsaintspeckham.org.uk if you’re interested.

Want to help? The work is going to be happening during the days in the week beginning Monday 8 August. There is a chance that a few extra pairs of hands might be useful from Tuesday to Thursday that week, so if you’re interested in being a part of this, again, drop Jim a line (jim.rennison@allsaintspeckham.org.uk).

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