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The church is bad at doing its own PR. People don't hear all the good things about churchgoers, for instance they donate million to charity and donate 170 million hours of unpaid work. They run half the baby groups in the country for instance, so we are not dead yet!
FROM inner city churches to the idyllic village church at Sheldwich, retired vicar Mike Michael Kors Handbags Inside
After "seeing the light" at university, Mike was baptised in a London swimming pool and confirmed as an Anglican in secret, just before he was ordained.
The village has no pub, no shop, no post office, not even street lighting or a sewerage system. We only got electricity in the church in the 1950s. We don't have many buses, except for the 666 route! But we do have a good school and church. So when I came here I tried to give the church back to the community.
Our house. It's actually the oldest in Sheldwich. I was looking for something old to do up, so it's just one of those chance things. We'd never heard of Sheldwich before.
are finding their numbers are dropping all the time. But the church has been going or 2,000 years and I'm sure it'll survive for 2,000 more.
But as well as being a man of the cloth, the 70 year old is also a man of science, teaching the discipline for 30 years with Boy George among his students.
What kind of work did you do in London?
ghost cats and Boy George
What brought you to Faversham?
Looking through the visitors book I found that Kate Moss had been here with her young daughter. She said it was lovely to find such a peaceful place.
I think so. When I got here only a dozen or so people used the church once a week and they tended to lock the door on their way out. It deserved to be knocked down. Since I've been here we've spent about restoring the building and we rescued the old schoolroom and installed a kitchen. I've held photographic courses there which proved popular and it's great to bring new people over the threshold.
I ran a house church on a high rise estate near where there was a high profile case of child cruelty so we found ourselves very busy. While a lot of people didn't want the church, they needed a vicar.
I only once had two consecutive Sundays off.
I Michael Kors Purse Ebay did a wedding for one of the England rugby players last year and his teammates all came so that was a memorable one.
How many couples have you married?
I seem to be the first vicar in 900 years who felt it's something that's really needed. We're doing the costings at the moment and reckon it will cost about Why is the church so important in a village like Sheldwich?
Johnson has been at the heart of community life for over 40 years.
Now he is a man on a mission to bring toilets to the village church for the first time in 900 years.
Ever had any famous guests at the church?
In a way. Church rules mean you have to retire at 70 but as long as a Bishop gives you permission to officiate you can effectively continue, which is what I'm doing, but it does reduce how much work I do. In 42 years Michael Kors Wallet Sale
If you look at history nearly all the scientists were religious and theology was once called the queen of the sciences. I've never had a problem reconciling them.
Do you think the church is in decline?
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