Time for Tea?
It's such a great British institution - afternoon tea.
Although I always enjoy a half-pint mug of tea, it always tastes so much better if it's sipped from a china cup. Then there are the slices of cake, the dainty sandwiches, and best of all - the scone.
Not just any old scone. It needs to be home-made. It needs butter, proper butter, not margarine or a low-fat spread. It needs jam, preferably blackcurrant; and it needs cream. A great bug fat luscious dollop of crea; and yes, in that order. Controversial I know, but it never works if you put the jam on last...
And while you're imagining that delicious scone - here's another thought. I wonder if you think of the church as a great British institution? I suppose in some ways it is. Though of course it's different in Wales and Scotland. The Church of England is just a small part of a much bigger community, the Anglican Communion, and that comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, right around the world, with a membership that includes many races, colours, languages and nationalities.
But the Church of England also means the parish church. Which means that it's a church for everyone living in the parish - people of faith, people of no faith, and everyone in between, including those who want to ask questions.
It's a public building, not a members-only club-house, so you can come whether you just want somewhere to sit so that you can enjoy some peace and quiet, or somewhere private so you can pray, or somewhere sound-proof so you can shout.