Live updates from the Big Mission Weekend: Amberley Shop on the Common

Published: Friday May 24, 2024

A thriving community shop and café situated inside Holy Trinity Church at Amberley was officially opened by Archbishop Justin Welby today.

The shop has been running for 10 months, but this was the official opening day. The Archbishop praised the work of the volunteers, saying,

“Churches should not be places to be used for 2 hours a week, but for the use of the whole community.”

When Amberley Village Shop Post Office closed seven years ago, the community shop and café project began.

Today Archbishop Justin met with volunteers, learned how to serve a latte and named the balcony the John Spiers gallery, after the late vicar who died in January. His widow Doreen was able to be with the Archbishop as they took a moment to remember John’s service to the community in Amberley.

Archbishop Justin was also reunited with Daphne, a lady who went to school with his mother.

Good conversations Archbishop Justin with the microphone Archdeacon Hilary chats to assembled people Chatting with an old family friend Archbishop Justin with Bishop Rachel, Neil Truphet, Project Manager, John Gilbert, Churchwarden and Doreen Spiers, widow of the late John Spiers Chatting with an old family friend Addressing the volunteers Exploring the shop Neil Truphet, Project Manager, explains how the work was carried out Learning to make a latte Reuniting with a lady who went to school with Justin's mother Archbishop Justin addresses a church full of volunteers Archbishop Justin hears about the shop The volunteer team wearing aprons

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