Welcome to worship?

A friend from the United States recently visited Ely and decided to worship at the early morning Eucharist. It was a bright and calm morning and she looked forward to the service.

Unfortunately on entering the Cathedral there was no other person visible and no notice to indicate where worship was taking place. She felt awkward and unwelcome. Eventually another worshipper appeared and guided her to the right place.

A simple notice directing worshippers to the correct place would have sufficied. A gentle smile and a ‘good morning’ from a verger would have been even better. It is unfortunate when the mother church of a diocese does not pay attention to such details.

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