Cream Teas & ‘Flockdown’

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Greetings to friends of Pilgrims Hall

In a recent message, I told you that Pilgrims Hall was reopening its bookshop following the introduction of new Government rules for conducting business in line with its efforts to combat the Corona Virus pandemic. I am pleased to report that this has been successful and a number of friends of Pilgrims Hall have availed themselves of the opportunity to buy books, cards, etc.

I also foreshadowed the possibility of Pilgrims Hall reopening other activities as the Government further relaxes its rules. In recent months the worst effects of the pandemic have begun to subside and the Government is now permitting businesses to operate under more normal conditions, albeit on a controlled basis in order to contain the spread of the virus.

As you may also know, during August, each Sunday we opened Pilgrims Hall for cream teas, partly to help inform the arrangements that we need to put in place to safely reopen other activities. I am pleased to say that these worked well, which has given us the confidence to restart other activities and operations. In doing so, it will be necessary to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene, make arrangements to permit appropriate social distancing, put in place measures to facilitate ‘track and trace’, etc. so that, as far as practically possible, people can be protected from contracting the virus.

Facilities reopening

Against this background, I am pleased to let you know that Rendezvous Tea Room is now opening on Tuesdays between 10am-4pm, commencing on Tuesday 8th September. This provides an opportunity for people to meet together for fellowship and make use of the tea room and the grounds of the Hall.

We have also reopened Pilgrims Hall for people who wish to use it for day and overnight retreats. Bookings can now be made via email ( or by telephone (01277 372206).

Ministry continuing

As you will know, until the outbreak of the virus we were running a series of seminars connected with our vision of ‘Preparing for Jesus Return’. These necessarily had to be postponed but we now intend to make a start on resuming the seminars, beginning on 3rd October, to be led on that occasion by Steve Maltz, on the topic of ‘Flockdown’. Inevitably, because of social distancing rules, the number of people who will be able to attend must be reduced so places will be made available on a first come, first served, basis. Booking can be made through the office via email ( or by telephone (01277 372206).

We are also now looking to restart a ministry programme with bible studies and our led quiet days will be running again on the first Thursday of each month, starting from the 3rd October.

Naturally, our ability to operate partly depends upon the Government not re-tightening its restrictions and, in any event, we will need to be ready to adapt and revise arrangements in the light of experience to ensure we maximise as far as possible the protection of those using the Hall.

We praise the Lord that the work of Pilgrims Hall is now resuming so that the facilities we have can be used by individual Christians, small groups, churches, etc. We have been encouraged by the Lord’s faithfulness, especially in regards to the finances of Pilgrims Hall, and, despite the strange times in which we now live, we continue to seek to serve him to bring glory to his name in these new circumstances. Please keep an eye on the website to keep up-to-date with the latest news.

I am reminded of the following scripture from Hebrews:

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Hebrews 10:23–25

Graham Bridger
Chair of Trustees

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