Newly refurbished, The WELCOME Space was officially opened on Saturday by Pauline Latham, wife of the late Brian Latham, who first championed and led this project. The event took place at an afternoon service, led by our minister, Rev. Helen Kirk who explained the story so far and vision for the future.
The service included a Bible reading by Pat Martin Seehusen that had been used in some recent training in listening skills. All who had attended either or both the initial and intermediate training sessions were commissioned. The aim is to develop and set up a listening service for people of all faiths and none who live in and around Aylesbury.
Peter Green thanked the funders, our contractors and the rest of the Project Team, with special mention of Paul Ingram who took on the leadership role and Helen Kirk, who opened our eyes to the potential for new ways of serving our communities.
Before declaring The WELCOME Space open and unveiling a commemorative plaque, Pauline Latham said that Brian was always one for welcoming people. She added, "So it is not surprising that Brian was so passionate about being involved in the development of the Welcome Space here at the church – a place to offer hospitality to all, a welcome to our worship, our activities, our listening services and our love – a warm invitation to everyone in our local community."
After the service, attended by the town mayor of Aylesbury, Mayor Councillor Mark Willis, and by some of the funders and contractors, tea and cake were served in the hall by members of the project team. One of the cakes was a special celebration cake cut by Pauline, the minister and the mayor.
To see the Welcome Opening programme, click here.