AGM Bishop's message

The Right Reverend Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield, spoke at the SCTG AGM, 7th March 2019

The bishop gave an encouraging speech. He wondered why all churches are not
members, and then suggested three aspects of the importance of our buildings:
1. the reach back to a shared past and the history of our communities while looking to the future;
2. the link between each other, as churches are not isolated, so they may offer to our
visitors a pilgrimage of hope between them;
3. a witness to God visible on our skyline, pointing out that sometimes the best evangelists are the buildings themselves. Getting people through the door is crucial to our mission, so by ensuring that churches are well presented, welcoming, and most important of all that they are OPEN, SCTG is playing a vital role in that.