Saturday, 4 February 2012
Is it perhaps because our churches are so cold that attendances are falling off and not for all the reasons currently under the microscope.?
The temperatures in Buckinghamshire are quite often much lower than other parts of what is vaguely described as "the South". This I imagine is because we are geographically in the middle of the two 'sides' of the country and are often in receipt of the fall-out
from weather fronts from opposing directions.
Sorry, it sounds as though I've swallowed the dictionary. What I am trying to say is that where the warmer fronts from the West meet the much colder ones from the East is just about where God saw fit to put Aylesbury.
Now I can't really believe he meant us to suffer unduly, just that, as "Eccles" used to say, "Everybody got to be somewhere".
As we struggled to sing through chattering teeth I wondered why, since we have our share of 'well off' folk in this area, no-one has apparently considered writing a cheque (admittedly a huge one), simply for the purpose of heating our blessed barn so that the congregation, and we others might survive the rigours of church attendance in Winter.
I don't believe it is a deliberate punishment but.................