Churches left with ‘Trauma’ from Metal Thefts

More than 1,000 metal thefts occur every week across the country as the   spiralling crime blights almost every aspect of British life, particulary   churches. Here a senior figure in the Church of England describes the “trauma”.

Writes the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, in The Telegraph:

“Imagine you are a faithful churchwarden in a church in a small   industrial town. You come in to church early one morning only to find that   for the third time that week lead had been stolen from your church roof.

Imagine it’s Christmas morning in a village church in Buckinghamshire. The   priest arrives for the early service to find water dripping relentlessly   through the roof at several points.

Instead of ‘Happy Christmas’, worshippers are greeted with an urgent request   that they go and find a bucket.

Imagine another village church where a large amount of money has been raised   at considerable effort to preserve priceless medieval wall paintings. Lead   theft from the roof has meant water damaging those wonderful wall paintings   and yet more money having to be raised.

Nationally, around ten churches every day experience this kind of trauma. My   experience is that the congregations are wonderfully resilient. They declare   business as usual and get on with repairing the roof and worshipping God.   But the frustration is enormous.

Metal has been watermarked, cameras installed, alarms put are in place,   churchwardens have spent the night in churches to protect them – but still   it goes on. A whole church bell is stolen from a village near Reading, a war   memorial is removed from another church, somewhere else the thieves have   returned yet again – now they know the way on to the roof…

More here.

We’ve touched on this matter before: The stripping of British Churches. Sad.

About Fr Stephen Smuts

TAC Priest in South Africa.
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One Response to Churches left with ‘Trauma’ from Metal Thefts

  1. One perhaps but cannot think that this is somewhat a judgment from God perhaps, to the so-called visible Church community in the UK? Just thinking out-loud.

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