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All Saints Church, South Wingfield
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All Saints Church, South Wingfield
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Church suffers £20,000 damages in Storm Henk having been closed from October flooding

by Premier Journalist

All Saints Church in the small village of South Wingfield is mopping up floodwater once again.

The church has been closed since October, when the sanctuary was submerged in 18 inches of water, causing damage to kneelers, service books, and the new organ.

Now, recent heavy rain has caused further damage that could cost more than £20,000.

The church is currently without a vicar, so the task of clearing up and meeting with insurers has fallen to the leaders of the small congregation.

Church Warden, Mark Irving, told Premier floods in storm Henk were more rapid than ever.

"I was at the church hall, and at 10:30, nothing was flooded, the church was clear. But by about quarter to 12, the church hall was flooded so fast that the door was covered in water. At that point, I couldn't get into the church because I wouldn't have been able to get out."

The church's organ will have to be replaced completely, with the church hall taking the brunt of the damage, which Irving says will take "four to five months" to get back to full working order or "Easter at the earliest."

Irving shared with Premier how fellow Christians can be praying for the church as they seek to respond and continue being salt and light in their community.

"I think what I'd like is just some prayers for the congregation that they don't lose hope for the church in the village. We're a small village, you know, and they continue to come along and worship as they want and fill the community of Christians there.

"We'd like to pray that people see the need for the church in the community here, and we don't want to close it down. We want to find a way that we can serve the village as we would need to as Christians."


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