It is sad, but true, that we have a thief prowling our premises on Thursday mornings while we are at Mass. Our mid-week services take place in the Crypt chapel and entrance is by the side door of the church through a meeting room and along a corridor. As a few of our congregation are known to be late the door always stays open. However, a few weeks ago someone had their purse stolen from their bag which they had left in the meeting room. Silly, I know. I warned them all to bring bags with them into the Crypt. Then someone had a bank card, bus pass and bank pay-in book stolen from their coat pocket which was hanging in the corrider just a few feet away from the Crypt chapel. They are certainly light of foot – and finger.
Last week we closed the door at 9.58am and a host of latecomers had to come in by the upstairs door (with a key) and trek downstairs, looking rather sheepish. This week a bell has been fitted to the side door which rings just outside the chapel. Somehow, (can you explain Ian?!) it sounds like a cuckoo which I suppose is nicer than your average bell. Nobody was late today. I will keep you posted on how often someone in the back row has to leap up like a gazelle and gallop to the door to let the latecomers in. And how irritating will the cuckoo become?