Church goes back to the future to give message
PUBLISHED: 16:26 15 June 2008 | UPDATED: 16:21 05 May 2010
A CHURCH undergoing major redevelopment has sent a hidden message to the future. The congregation of Walsworth Road Baptist Church in Hitchin gathered after a Sunday service to secrete a time capsule inside a new wall so a future generation of church goe
A CHURCH undergoing major redevelopment has sent a hidden message to the future.
The congregation of Walsworth Road Baptist Church in Hitchin gathered after a Sunday service to secrete a time capsule inside a new wall so a future generation of church goers can discover what church life was like in 2008.
The capsule, which includes service sheets, programmes and a memory stick with photos of the redevelopment work, was placed inside a wall in the new reception area which will link the church hall to the church itself.
Church secretary Sheena Atkinson said: "We hope the capsule will reflect what we are doing now and our life day by day, not just on Sundays."
As well as looking to the future, the church has discovered there is also a possible link to the past, as Mrs Atkinson explained: "Although still to be confirmed, it's thought that our site manager might be the great, great, grandson of George Jeeves whose building firm built the church in 1872."
The building work will give the church a central reception area, an office and a toilet block and the next phase will include a kitchen and large hall.
Mrs Atkinson said: "This will be the fulfilment of a dream cherished for some time to enable the church to be used more widely by the community. We would like to do more for groups."
The church already provides a breakfast club for schoolchildren and a luncheon club for pensioners, holds a support group for young people with Down's syndrome and hosts concerts.
The new extension will be officially opened by Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes on September 6, followed by a celebration service.