'Lincolnshire churches cannot be bettered...above all they are a pleasure to visit'
In the centre of Stamford, overlooking Red Lion Square, rises the parish church of All Saints. It's an imposing sight.
Again I had spent the morning writing in the library and set off, in a chill wind, to stretch my legs. I've always loved churches and churchyards. In the U.K. these days churches are often not open during the week, but All Saints was. I stepped away from the traffic, through the doors and inside into a space brimming with Faith.
The atmosphere inside All Saints is beautiful, so peaceful. The pews possess little doors so you are cocooned in your own private space. For a brief time I was all alone, a whole church to myself, sun shining through the stained glass...
...gentle music floating in the air and a sense of timelessness. Bliss. I could have stayed there for ages but I had to be content with a few minutes.
It was as I was leaving that I spotted this lovely message, just inside the doors;-
If you are curious and have come to see,
If you are weary and have come to rest,
If you are grateful and have come to share,
If you are hurt and have come for solace,
If you are listening and have come to pray,
If you are seeking and have come for answers,
If you get the chance to visit Stamford and this beautiful church, please do. You will not be disappointed.
Thank-you so much for joining me this week and take care.