Old Donation Episcopal Church
Today we truly feel like pilgrims: we have gone back to where it all began. We toured St. Botolph’s (patron saint of travelers) in Grimston, birthplace of Adam Thorowgood, father of Old Donation. Experiencing this small church (but probably twice the size of Old Donation), with its six bells and its north aisle built in the 1200s, takes us back in time to a young man with, as Father Bob said,” adventure, faith and courage,” whose destiny was to start a church in a new land. Seeing his baptismal font makes us feel a part of all that has gone before.
Although we at Old Donation do not have to bird-proof our belfry and rabbit-proof the churchyard, hearing of the difficulties of replacing walls using “Roman bricks pillaged from a Roman villa 450 yards from the church,” adding columns, and repointing bricks through the centuries connects us to our own renovation. Plus, it reminds us that every church has obstacles — and with God as our strength — they can be overcome.
Adam knew who he was, where he was going, and how he would get there. Today we are closer to answering these same questions, and tonight we feel a “part of the ages.” Truly “His truth endureth from generation to generation.”
A highlight of our time in Grimston was the VERY warm welcome from their current vicar, Judith Pollard, and a group of parishioners. They told the history, gave us homemade cookies to snack on, and led us in Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, 1662.
Following that, our bus took us to Ely Cathedral. This is one of the most beautiful of all cathedrals in England. It had a wonderful sense of scale and style. Some of the most modern art didn’t seem to “work” as well as in St. Paul’s modern art, but nonetheless, the spaces looked like they would be great for worship.
Then we had some free time for supper in Bury St. Edmunds. The journey continues to be “blessing upon blessing.”
Prayers for you and for all in the storm’s path continue….