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All from a pew

07 September 2012

AS A new training activity, some of the homeless people - or clients, as they prefer to call them - who are helped every day at St George's Crypt in Leeds (Ripon & Leeds diocese) are carving these crosses (above) from the wood of a redundant church pew donated by St Andrew's, Epworth.

The 12th-century Epworth church, the home of Charles and John Wesley when their father was Rector there, is in the final stages of a £1.5- million restoration, and is replacing its pews with chairs. The crosses will be given to clients, and made available to visitors. Chris Fields, CEO of the Crypt, where 100 or so people are helped every day, says that the gift of the pew provides a great opportunity to do some positive recycling, and "to create something which is a clear sign of our Christian principles, and to introduce new skills to our clients."

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