Three days from Ge­n­e­sis to Rev­e­la­tion

Spon­sored read to raise £6,000 for vi­tal re­pairs

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

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

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