Rec­tors must rub el­bows

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

AGROMENES’S ar­ti­cle of Au­gust 10, good though it is, doesn’t get to the nub of the prob­lem. Why are churches used so lit­tle? What is their role in the or­di­nary man’s life?

From time im­memo­rial, coun­try peo­ple de­pended upon the ef­forts of the rec­tor or vicar and that of the lord of the manor. That was their job—to look after their peo­ple. Most parish­ioners recog­nised that they must toe the line by at­tend­ing church to en­sure their earthly wel­fare and many prob­a­bly were com­forted by the mes­sage from the pul­pit.

Today, the Church should con­cen­trate much more on its role in wel­fare—the ru­ral equiv­a­lent of Cit­i­zens Ad­vice—and be out and about in vil­lages, get­ting to know and help parish­ioners. Some may even start at­tend­ing church ser­vices, but many will ap­pre­ci­ate the at­ten­tion. Gay Gard­ner, Northamp­ton­shire

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