Three days from Genesis to Revelation
Sponsored read to raise £6,000 for vital repairs
CONGREGATIONmembers at a Ruislip church were today due to conclude a three day and three night bible reading.
St Paul’s Church in Thurlston Road welcomed the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, and the Mayor of Hillingdon on Sunday to attend its morning service and kick-off the sponsored read.
The Bishop began, appropriately, with Genesis chapter one – the story of the creation, Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, before handing over to Cllr George Cooper, the Mayor, who read on to complete the story.
The whole Bible, both Old and New Testaments, will be read out loud, finishing with Revelation this afternoon.
Volunteers have been taking it in turns to read 20 minute sections since the weekend, including through the night.
The congregation hope the marathon effort will raise up to £6,000 towards repairs to the church building, including the electrics, heating and to combat damp.
Additionally, the building will be modernised to become a church community centre with disabled facilities.
Jane Manley, vicar of Ruislip Manor, said: “This is an important venture for our church as we look to adapt it to the needs of a modern Christian community and thus it is wholly appropriate that two leaders of our area of London start us on our way.”
Most members of the congregation signed up to read, including people from neighbouring parishes, local schools and uniformed groups.
n IN THE BEGINNING: The Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, and Mayor of Hillingdon George Cooper kicked off a three day and night bible read at St Paul's Church in Ruislip