Dedication of the West End

and chancel handrails



Bishop Alastair with Vicar RobertOn Sunday 4 January 2009, the Bishop of Derby, Bishop Alastair, joined our vicar in leading the morning service at Hazelwood.  Members of the congregation were privileged to be part of this special service during which the new West End area of the church and the new chancel handrails were dedicated.  In his sermon, Bishop Alastair congratulated the church on achieving two key objectives for every modern church.  Firstly, the West End project now provides a useful space in which many activities can take place which will bring the church into the heart of the local community.  The Bishop said that a welcome area, somewhere where a variety of events can be held and a place for informal fellowship and refreshment are all important aspects of any church’s outreach.  The West End area will make an important contribution to the life of Hazelwood church in many different ways, he declared.

HandrailsSecondly, the addition of the new chancel handrails has enhanced the approach to the chancel and altar where communicants come close to God through the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Bishop Alistair encouraged everyone that morning to touch the handrails on their way to the Communion Rail, dedicating their use for succeeding generations.  These two new features of the church were truly complementary, on the one hand looking outwards and on the other looking towards God.  Everyone was uplifted by the Bishop’s presence and we thank him for joining us for this special occasion.  Hazelwood Church is very grateful to the many people who have enabled these excellent additions to the church to become a reality.