Rectors must rub elbows
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