The purpose of this page is to name and hopefully shame those churches whose ďauthoritiesĒ cannot be bothered to give even controlled access to their churches. I am not talking here of churches that are closed because we arrived late (after 5.00 pm). Nor am I talking of churches that keep their doors locked but invite the visitor to obtain the key elsewhere, even if the keyholder happens to be out when you call. I am not even talking of churches that lock their doors but inform you that regrettably they canít find a keyholder at this time. I am talking of those churches that are so arrogant and possessive of what they wrongly believe to be theirs that they feel able to slam their doors on the rest of us without explanation.
And, by the way, I feel especially strongly about this having listened to a clearly-distressed young Eastern European migrant a long long way from home pouring out his heart to his God for a good half hour at New Romsey Church in Kent in June 2011. He was lucky that his was a church that clearly felt some spiritual responsibility.
For my further, and I hope fair, comments on locked churches please click HERE.
So here we go, the Roll of Dishonour. If any of you know of any just cause why a church should be removed (especially if it has ďseen the lightĒ) please let me know. To avoid condemning any church that has put things right since our last visit, this list starts as of 1 August 2011.