On Saturday April 14th St Myllin’s church in Llanfyllin was buzzing when over a hundred people came to the launch of the “Friends of St Myllin’s”. There was something for everyone. There was beautiful music provided by students and staff from Llanfyllin High School. There was an exhibition of the church’s rarely seen treasures, including precious silver and valuable old books and furniture. There was food and drink and some brilliant speeches.
The Friends of St Myllin’s
The “Friends of St Myllin’s” has been formed because congregations are declining and churches and chapels are closing all over the country given that there simply isn’t the money to keep them open. Our churches and chapels have been at the centre of community life for so many centuries, so this is a huge social change that is taking place. The “Friends of St Myllin’s” offers a way for everyone, of all faiths or none, to help St Myllin’s survive, at the very least as a building for community use and special family occasions.
The Rector of St Myllin’s, the Reverend Hermione Morris, welcomed the launch of the Friendsand spoke strongly about the church’s importance to the town. She emphasised its value as a place of faith and somewhere for celebrating the happiest and saddest occasions in our lives, like weddings, baptisms and funerals. She also pointed out St Myllin’s importance to the community as a venue for concerts and commemorations like Remembrance Day.
The Friends are launched
The Mayor of Llanfyllin, David Goodman, made a remarkable speech. He noted that “While we may not be all on the same hymn sheet when it comes to the spiritual side of life….We can find a connection with generations of farmers, teachers, gentry, labourers, merchants, servants and shopkeepers that lived and loved and died within the sound of its bells.” He concluded movingly: “So we find ourselves at a new chapter in the illuminated book of St Myllin’s. This is the moment we choose to share in the burden of its care. To help lift the weight from the faithful few. To take on the forces of time, weather and indifference, and keep this precious sanctuary in robust health, not only for ourselves, but for all our loved ones and for those to come. In a hundred years the people of this town will look back at us and judge how we tackled this task together and they will not find us wanting. Do what you can do, bring your skills, donate what you can spare and above all, use and enjoy this special place that we are so blessed to have inherited from our forward-looking forbears. I hereby launch the “Friends of St Myllin’s” and I am privileged to count myself among them.”
It was a powerful conclusion to a memorable occasion and the “Friends of St Myllin’s” want to thank everyone who helped to make the day so successful. If you would like to know more about the Friends and their plans for the future, please contact Simon Baynes 07880 786 firstname.lastname@example.org or Keith Blacker 07968 email@example.com
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