We are very fortunate at Saint Giles in having a beautiful Lady Chapel. There we have three Eucharists each week, on Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, and Saturday morning. It is also where I say my Morning and Evening Prayer each day and where people go, when the church is open, for a time of stillness and silence before the Blessed Sacrament. There also the sacraments of Confession and Healing are administered and also there one can go for a time of private conversation and counselling.
For a long time I have hoped that we could make this space slightly more adaptable. The four large pews which were taken there from elsewhere in the church during a previous incumbency do not really fit. They also make it impossible to have a different layout in the chapel. For example, I would sometimes like to do a Healing service there and go round to each person seated in their place. I would also like to do a Meditation Group in there, or conduct a prayerful Bible study known as Lectio Divina. It would be wonderful if the area could be more adaptable. It would be wonderful if we could move the chairs around according to need and circumstance.
After discussing this, and after mentioning the need for some small changes in the church in my report at the 2017 Annual Meeting, the PCC and myself decided to apply for a faculty to replace the pews with purpose built chairs. An example of these chairs can be found on the right hand side of the Lady Chapel altar. We intend to use a legacy left by Beryl Findon to pay for these, although there will be a shortfall and some people have offered to pay for chairs in memory of friends and relatives. Applying for a faculty is part of the decision making process and people who prefer to stick with the pews are at liberty to have objected when the faculty notices were posted. If anyone has objected, the Chancellor of the Diocese will make the final decision on the merits of the arguments presented to him.