I am a member of the Indian Orthodox Church and have been worshipping at St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe since 1978. Although changes and renewals are necessary for the growth of a society, the decision to close a church is sacrilegious and retrograde, especially when the Government is embarking on a 'back to basics' campaign. To assert that church attendance is below 10 is also wrong. Every Sunday, there are approximately 60 of us at St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, some having travelled over 35 miles to reach there.
I strongly feel that the churches should be kept open, so that spiritual and family values are upheld in this modern society dominated by crime and violence.
Crawley, SussexReuse content