Full size render by Thomas Walsh (Canon PowerShot A1200)
Wigan Parish Church.
Comment by kath on 13th October 2014 at 08:58
Isn't it a shame now that doors have to be kept locked. I remember just popping in after school because it was so lovely.
I wouldn't fancy having to do the dusting though!
Comment by A.W. on 13th October 2014 at 09:33
It's a great shame a lot of churches are closed most of the time, it would be nice if people could just go in for a few minutes to escape the noise and fuss of modern life.
Comment by Maureen on 13th October 2014 at 10:37
Thomas,that's a lovely photo..I also miss the opportunity to go into my old church St Josephs in Wallgate,I also went in the Parish church..to escape the hustle and bustle and say a silent prayer.
Comment by irene roberts on 13th October 2014 at 19:27
Comment by ann 21 on 13th October 2014 at 19:56
It's such a shame we cannot go into our church because it's locked.
Comment by Garry on 13th October 2014 at 21:07
Ann 21' it is a shame the door are locked. But things are not that straight forward today. Thieves, vandals and damaged. Sad I know.
Comment by Andrew on 13th October 2014 at 21:08
It's a sad fact that most churches are closed most of the time. It's also a sad fact that most people who moan about it never go in on a Sunday. Another sad fact is that church attendance is on the decline - and we could debate the reasons until the cows come home. However, the sad fact remains that unless folk use them and support them regularly, many will close. The small amount of people attending regularly cannot possibly find the huge amount of money required in order to keep these buildings going on their own. The Liverpool diocese is currently At the beginning of the process of choosing which churches in Wigan will close forever. Use them or loose them.
Kath, Wigan keep their doors open every Saturday during the summer months, and have just had a important altar piece unveiled that is of massive artistic importance from the Renaissance. Many experts came from all over to see it.
Use them or loose them.
Nice photo by the way.
Comment by Lizziedownunder on 13th October 2014 at 21:23
Lovely photo Thomas....cheers!!!
Comment by Mick on 13th October 2014 at 22:08
Well said Andrew
Comment by Jonno on 14th October 2014 at 01:12
Andrew,Rector at Saint Wilfrids Standish ?
Comment by kath on 14th October 2014 at 09:06
well said Andrew. I'd like to see that alter piece if I can time a visit right. I don't know what the answer is for boosting attendance.
Comment by Andrew on 14th October 2014 at 22:20
Jonno, no, not Rector of Standish, I'm just an ordinary Joe Soap who is saddened by his local heritage slipping away.
Kath, it's worth a visit to see it, the carving on one side is amazing, and on the other is four amazing paintings.
Comment by Mick on 15th October 2014 at 08:10
Andrew they dont let ordinary Joe Soaps up to the Wigan parish church tower.
Im a Joe Soap and I could slip up there.
Comment by Andrew on 15th October 2014 at 20:15
Top marks, Mick.
They do, 7am on Ascension Day. All welcome. Even ordinary Joe Soaps like me.
Comment by Mick on 15th October 2014 at 22:25
Ive just looked up next years Ascension Day Andrew and its on
Thursday 14 May,
I will make a note of it on our calendar and come for a look if its not raining and you promise nobody will try to convert me.
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