For example, what should be done with old hymn books 🙂
It seems sad to simply put them into paper recycling. Sometimes they seem to pile up in church vestries, and sometimes they can be even seen propping up organ stools or other items of furniture in churches.
The Parish of Swaledale with Arkengarthdale in North Yorkshire has come up with a lovely idea. They’ve recently updated their hymn book and an imaginative parishioner has researched recycling hymn books and come up with the idea of turning some of their people’s copies of Hymns Ancient and Modern Revised (1950) into angels.
The photo above is of one of the angelic hymn books which has settled on a window ledge in St Mary’s, Arkengarthdale. Appropriately the outer wings are Christmas carols.
Apparently each of the four churches in the parish has one. Later, at St Andrew’s, Grinton, the mother church of Swaledale, we came across a chorus of the angels around the font. And more than that, we were told at recent baptisms in Swaledale the families were given one of the angels as a gift from the church. How lovely!
Wouldn’t it be lovely to see these hymnal angels in other churches beyond Swaledale? We’ve a few old hymnals at St Chrysostom’s and an offer to turn one into an angel for church would be very welcome. (The US ‘happy housewife’ (!) website gives instructions on how to make them).