December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
People visiting a church near Norwich are now welcomed inside the building via some beautiful new glass doors thanks to a generous donation by a member of the congregation.
Elizabeth Armstrong is the donor of the new doors at St Peter’s Church, in Cringleford, and the doors are in memory of her parents, Molly and Noel Armstrong, whose names appear discretely on the inner door.
The two doors have been engraved by Tracey Sheppard, who has previously done work for Winchester Cathedral, and the theme for both doors is Psalm 150 v6 ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.’
The design on the outer door reflects the River Yare which runs close to the church while the starting point for the design on the inner door was the shape of the simple incised cross, and the glass doors now bring more light into the church as well as help to keep the building warmer.
Elizabeth, who usually prefers to make charitable gifts anonymously but has chosen not to be anonymous on this occasion because the doors are a memorial to her parents, said: “I believe passionately that the only way we will succeed in keeping our lovely old churches open for worship is to make them very user friendly as has been done so magnificently at Norwich Cathedral.
“It has been painful to see at some baptism services people from a secular background staying outside our church until the last minute because the interior is so alien to them and it is vital that something is done about this. St Peter’s has started to tackle that particular problem.”
She added: “There has already been a very generous donation by a member of our congregation to bring about an outside lavatory suitable for the disabled with wash basin; now there are our new glass doors which are not only a work of art.
“What we do next remains to be seen, but we must continue to progress with adapting our beautiful grade II listed church so that it is welcoming to people of faith and people of no faith and can be used for many activities not just worship and prayer, vital though these are.”
On October 6 the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, attended St Peter’s Church’s harvest festival and dedication service followed by lunch at the church hall.