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St Michael, Ormesby St Michael
Michael, Ormesby St Michael
to the arrangement, and with thirty minutes to spare we
went off and explored the church at Filby, which like the
great majority around here is open every day, and has a
notice telling you so. When we came back, the church was
still locked, but there was a light on inside.
Eventually, we gained the attention of the nice lady
inside by banging on the door. She came and let us in
with a smile. "Have to keep the door locked,"
she said, "you never know who's going to wander into
a church." Quite.
I asked why the church was kept locked. "we couldn't leave it open, they're a rough lot around here, and you get a lot of funny people on that car park," was the response. She was probably right. When we had returned from our expedition from Filby, we'd parked on the car park between a motorcyclist obviously waiting for a drugs drop-off, and a coy man in a car hiding his face, perhaps hoping for a pick-up. The setting was probably, as my companion observed, a doggers' paradise. But if this is all that stops Ormesby St Michael church being open to pilgrims and strangers, if this is all that prevents the parish from fulfilling its Christian responsibility to be the House of God and the Gate of Heaven, then perhaps they should consider locking the car park rather than the church when they aren't using it.
Simon Knott, October 2016
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