As you will be aware, over the past few weeks, the Government has announced a partial easing of its restrictions. For example, from 15 June, shops that sell non-essential supplies are being allowed to re-open for business. In the light of this, the Trustees of Pilgrims Hall have been considering the possibilities for re-opening facilities at the Hall.
In line with the Government’s revised policy, I am able to let you know that the bookshop operated at the Hall has re-opened for business, as of Tuesday 16th June. Mindful of health and safety obligations and the need to avoid, as far as practical, any spread of the coronavirus, the shop will open under controlled conditions. However, patrons who wish to buy from the shop will be able to do so from Tuesday to Saturday each week between the hours of 10am and 4pm.
The Trustees are also considering opening-up other facilities. Our aim is to enable the Hall to be available again for retreats/conferences, etc. but the ability to do so very much depends more generally upon the Government’s policy towards re-opening the hospitality and conferencing industry. It does not appear likely this can happen in the immediate future but preparations are being made now so that when restrictions are lifted it should be possible to make these facilities quickly available and accept bookings. We also have an ambition to resume the series of seminars on ‘Preparing for Jesus return’ although, realistically, this is unlikely to be until towards the end of this year at the earliest. We will, of course, notify developments here on the website.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of our supporters who have made generous donations. Also, we expect to receive some grant funding from the Government which has been made available to assist organisations impacted by the coronavirus for which we are most grateful. All this should avoid exhausting our reserves and provide a degree of financial security over the coming months until all our operations can re-open.
The onset of the coronavirus and, more recently, the global protests and riots in response to the death of George Floyd by US police should remind us that our hope is, and must be, in the Lord. We have recently experienced his faithfulness in meeting our financial needs but we must all hold fast to his promise of eternal security to those that love him and acknowledge him as their Saviour. Psalm 46 seems apt in these times, particularly the following verses:
Graham Bridger, Chair, Trustees of Pilgrims Hall