Normally the St Nicholas church centre is quieter in the summer but this exceptionally quiet August meant it was the perfect time to get on with some planned works to continue the refurbishment both inside and outside the building. We hope you like the results as you return to activities in the centre.
As a church community we value our amazing building highly not just as a church but as a great facility that can be shared with the whole of Corfe Mullen and beyond. The vision has always been that it is a community space and we seek to make it as widely available as possible, hoping it is somewhere people enjoy being in. I met a gentleman recently who returned to Corfe Mullen and he said coming into St Nicholas brought back so many special memories for him of his children performing in school concerts there.
Many people have said to me that they feel this crisis may lead our society to place a higher value on those everyday interactions and bonds that matter to a local community and, over the years the St Nicholas centre has played a part in forging these; friendships formed through the various clubs; problem shared over endless coffees on coffee mornings and knit and natter; Monday club, Lunch club and new skills learned and fun had in exercise classes, hobby clubs and choirs, to name but a few ways that people have engaged with one another; and if only we could tot up how many pounds have been lost over the years at Slimming World!
We look forward to welcoming everyone back soon. You'll be aware that government restrictions will not allow everyone back at the same time - we are desperately sad that no singing is currently allowed and that at present we cannot share hospitality with food and drink. But when the time comes please be assured we look forward to welcoming you back. As a church we continue to meet online and, hopefully, increasingly in our buildings also and we very much continue to pray for our community. For up to date information on our services and other activities, please do visit our website and, as always, do be in touch if we can help in any way.
Revd Jane Burgess (September 2020)