- Renovation News
- St John's Garden
The Archdeacon of France and Monaco, the Venerable Meurig Williams, spent time with some of us at St John’s Menton . He was delighted to visit the church for the first time and see at close quarters the work that needed to be done.
He pledged his support to the restoration project, saying that “the beautiful building which is St John’s has huge potential in a community such as Menton.
It is strategically placed and lends itself to inspiring worship, community engagement and cultural activities. As Archdeacon of France, I’m struck by how many of our churches are willing to go beyond just recreating the past so that a fresh vision of Christian life can emerge. We need to respond with imagination to the spiritual hunger that is all around us in France.”
Archdeacon Meurig also told us that he looks forward to meeting with our Church Council in the near
future in order that details of the appointment of a new priest to St John’s can be finalised.
St John's Garden
While the Chaplaincy Council waits for the documentation allowing it to proceed with the restoration of St John's, a small group of keen (mostly amateur) gardeners has been tending the churchyard. Barbara, pictured opposite in full regalia, is the driving force, and unofficial "foreman of works"! Given that only authorised workers are permitted to work in the yard, we've been required to wear regulation hard hats, which has drawn us into multiple conversations with various passers-by. It has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to talk about the historic church, its restoration, and the long history of mission and ministry undertaken by the Anglican Church in this part of the world.
If you're interested in joining the hard-hat team, send an email to the church administrator, and we'll provide you with a warm welcome, and an invitation to good fellowship and coffee after a Morning of weeding and pruning in our (soon to be even more) lovely garden.