Besides the main altar beneath the great east window, Rowley Church has a small side chapel .. We call it the Lady Chapel, although I don’t think it has ever been consecrated to the Virgin Mary, there are no images of Mary in there, but she is depicted twice in the stained glass window in a Nativity Scene and with the apostle John at the foot of the cross.
A short, simple Holy Communion is held every Wednesday in the Lady Chapel, 10:15 sharp .. But folk usually linger over coffee in the kitchen afterwards, this is a good time for those who are retired and on holiday to come together and say a prayer.
Every morning and early, Reverend Ian Shelton, (far from retired and with a whole day if Ministry and Service in front of him, begins his day at the small prayer desk in the chapel, saying Morning Prayer, and praying for all who attend church, their families, any one who has had contact with us, schools, beavers, Cubs. Scouts, the local hospital, doctors’ surgeries. Believe me this is a long list, but each name, organisation is faithfully remembered before God over the course of a month.
The lovely flower arrangement (arranged with love by Carole and given with love by Iris) reminds me, with its little bird peeping out of this verse:
“Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of Hosts, my King and my God,” (psalm 84 v3 NRSV)
The list of names on the prayer desk, speaks to me, saying each person also has a home in Rowley’s Lady Chapel and in the Church’s prayers.
(From one of the ‘Cleaning Team)