February 2012 - foundation stone laying
It was very cold last week, so the brick layers could not work. If the temperature is under 3 degrees, they must not lay bricks. Still other trades were on site, so time was not wasted.
Thursday was the ‘red letter’ day, with the official new Foundation Stone laying. The two old Church Hall stones have been set in, and the one from the old Church plus the new one, go on top side by side. These are on the lobby wall, right in front as you enter via the Glass porch. Very nice.
The Stone Laying Order of Service, with three sheets which were folded to make an A5 hand out, has the names of those present, including Revd. Dr. Andrew Wood, the Southampton Methodist Chairman, our Circuit minister Revd. Margaret Locke-Wheaton and the Contractors Southern Region Director Davis Cook, who lives in the area and played football on the field behind in his youth, plus many other names. Hope you find it interesting. The prayer is lovely :-
ruler of all things in heaven and on earth,
giver of every good gift,
inspire the building of this church
and give us the wisdom and courage to complete it.
Guide and protect all who will labour to construct this church,
and grant that they may honour you in their work.
May we be faithful stewards of everything you have entrusted to us,
that this church may be a sign of your love to all the world,
in the name of Jesus Christ,
the chief corner stone of all things in heaven and on earth.
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