This afternoon (Saturday 9th March), the Church of St. Mary de Crypt opened its doors to around forty volunteers and visitors ahead of its official reopening in two weeks’ time.
Young and old were treated to a warm welcome from the Rector, Rev. Canon Nikki Arthy, who praised the efforts of everyone involved in the renovation project so far. Speaking briefly about her hopes for the relaunch, she described the church as “a gift to Gloucester”, as a space for worship, history, and community to all come together under one roof. Guests were then free to browse and preview the new exhibits that will be set up at the relaunch event.
Without giving too much away, the invitation to celebrate the relaunch on Saturday 23rd March, culminating with an open event at the church from 10-4pm, promises a day of “storytelling, music, and family fun”, as well as my personal favourite, “tea, coffee, and cake”.
Snack jokes aside, I’m also looking forward to the event in terms of the reaction from the general public who haven’t seen the church since it was closed for renovation, or perhaps ever at all. With the days getting longer as we draw into Spring, the impression of the early afternoon light coming through the stain glass windows can only be aptly described with one word – glorious.
But even if in a fortnight’s time we are met with the classic wet and windy conditions this country is famous for, I will be there trying to get to the bottom of the mysterious Rose Petal Trail and warming up with a cuppa and I hope many of my fellow Glostonians will join me.
So come along to Southgate Street on Saturday 23rd March as The Discover DeCrypt project invites you to take another look at the life, faith, and stories of the city. Who knows what you might discover right on your doorstep?