Friday, November 1, 2013

Church steps in to save library

It's one of the truisms of history to say that ancient wisdom was preserved in the dark ages by Christian monastics. Perhaps it's another dark age in Britain as government funding for libraries is slashed leading to closures and drastic reductions for public libraries. And once again, churches are stepping in to save public libraries in their communities.

In a town north of London, Sundon Park Baptist Church responded to community outcry and decided to offer space for a library in their new development when the neighbourhood library was threatened by budget cuts.

The Rev Elaine Cockbill said: “We felt God was saying to us to increase our community involvement, which we have tried to do. At prayer meetings we came up with a range of suggestions, then we heard that the community centre next door to us was to close, and that the library might close too. Therefore we met and prayed about how we could best help. The population here is growing and we need more facilities, not fewer. We are a community church with a heart for the community.”

Moving from the visioning stage to planning and design, the church blog notes "Our new buildings will be an amazing community and health resource for Sundon Park and Luton, and the sense of excitement about these is growing. "

The church is hoping to get planning permission by the end of the year and building will take place next year.

Read more here and here

1 comment:

  1. Humm... holding on to vital conduits for community interaction...
    Yes we can and do get 'loads of stuff' all online and at the mega-market but...
    If I want a quality bit of beef (and a chat) I go to the butchers...
    if I want quality fruit & veg (and a chat) I go to the green grocers...
    If I want to browse for quality brain fodder (and a chat) I go to the library...
    If I want quality insight and wellbeing support (and a chat) one might go to a church...
    Here's to real people, real places, and real life!

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