St Peter's Centre - one year on
A number of people who work in the St Peterís Centre,
or are closely connected with it, were asked for their thoughts one year
after it opened. Here are their (more or less) instant reactions.
- It is hard to believe people who say the church is in decline when
St Peterís offices have moved within ten years from a small room in
the Rectory to a splendid purpose-built building.
- Itís a great gift, but how we use it fully is still to be
resolved. It will be good.
busy, busy, ever busier.
- I canít imagine life without it.
- Dear Lord, thank you for fewer stairs up to the office!
- Wonderful start, but lots of challenges ahead.
- The windows on the world are still open.
- A great place to work in, to meet in, to greet in and to eat in!
- I like it. It has the same keys. (A younger member of the church
congregation referring to ceiling designs in the Centre and the
- Very successful, but increasingly difficult to maintain the coffee
room service. We need some younger staff.
- Life is much harder, there are more questions - and more work.
- As we admire our new building and face the challenges of
administering and maintaining it, let us not forget that the churchís
primary concern is with people - their lives, their needs and their
problems - and the buildings we use are only the background which
enable us to carry out our ministry.
The St Peterís Centre lives...
Every time I enter or leave the Centre now, I find myself drawn to the
copper coloured four cross keys on the entrance floor, and to the wall
plaque which commemorates the evening when Bishop Patrick came and opened
the building officially, the evening when his voice wafted intermittently
across the ether into the church, where most of us witnessed the event. It
seems barely credible that it has been a part of us for more than a year
now, doesnít it?
Wednesday seems to be the day I use it most: arriving bleary eyed at
8.00a.m. (when I get up in time) to the early morning Eucharist in the
Seminar Room, where we look out over the city as mainly young people of
Nottingham begin their daily work. That view is an ever changing one of
the city life in which St Peterís joins, and though in the room we are
only two or three, we are all the city too. Alternate Wednesdays has been
the Pathways to Prayer gathering too, a stubborn survivor from the Lent
Group, and another small group, again watching the city life and the
changing seasons, seeking God in art therapy, readings, video extracts,
poetry and silence. Through these things, for me, St Peterís Centre, and
especially "the Upper Room", lives.
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