New welcome at roadside church Over Tabley


undefinedSt Paul's Church, Over Tabley, has carried out a series of improvements to brighten itself up and make the exterior of the building and the grounds more welcoming. The porch at the Victorian building has been painted white and the noticeboard red.

The gate and churchyard seats have been stained Jacobean oak black, and the trees have been trimmed back. Sparkly lights have been placed in the trees – for extra welcome at night.

The church – which has served a mainly rural population in recent times – is on the busy A556 Chester Road which carries traffic bound for the nearby M6, close to Knutsford.

The church has grown a little of late, and is now looking for further growth.

The parish is being assisted by the Revd Sue Talbot (pictured above, by the church). Other clergy are helping, as is Graham Sheen, a Reader at nearby Lostock Gralam.

The bishop of Stockport, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, said: “Hats off to Sue Talbot and the people at Over Tabley for the way they are renewing the life of their church and putting it at the service of the local community.

“What we see, with these improvements, is an outward and visible sign of a growing inward renewal. This good work is the result of teamwork between Sue Talbot and the congregation.”

The Revd Sue Talbot – a former freelance BBC Radio 4 journalist – said: “We want St Paul’s Church to be a place that has a broader spiritual appeal and can attract newcomers and passers-by. We are planning to experiment with liturgical special occasions of blessing and celebration.”

As well as her ministry for the Church, Sue also works for the Gettalife Project - a charity which helps turn around the lives of disadvantaged young adults and nurtures their talents.

Belowa new sign is installed by signmaker Damian Whyatt as Revd Sue looks on
Photos reproduced by kind permission of the Knutsford Guardian