Touchy-feely tour gives an insight to church visitors
VISITORS to St Matthew’s Church, in Edgeley, were treated to a multi-sensory experience.
The church, on Grenville Street, invited people in for a ‘tactile tour’ of the 170-year-old building and its artefacts.
Nearby charity Walthew House gave goggles to visitors to simulate sight loss and encourage them to explore using other senses.
They were able to discover stained glass windows, flower displays, the chalice, clergy robes and the cross with a crown of thorns.
Children also enjoyed splashing in the font and talking to baby Jesus in the manger.
Other senses were stimulated with music, food and incense.
Among the attractions on display was a model of the church commissioned with local artist Sara La Croswell.
Reverend David Brewster, from the church, said: “It has been a thoroughly enjoyable evening and it has been wonderful to have this opportunity to welcome members of our community who are often quite isolated.”
Kay Kelly, from Walthew House, added: “We are already working well together to provide a monthly signed service for our friends in the deaf community, so it is wonderful to be offering this type of event to people with sight loss.”