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« on: August 02, 2011, 21:47:10 PM »

This unique pulpit was the result of a dream.
The pulpit in the form of a boat's prow would have been familiar to Jesus of Nazareth.  The night after the former church here was destroyed by a German V-1 in July 1944, the rector dreamed he saw Christ preaching in a boat on the Lake of Galilee.

So what better design for the pulpit of the reborn church than just such a boat?  
 
It seems to have become a personal obsession in the face of some ridicule and considerable logistical difficulties, but twelve years later the pulpit was finished - fashioned by a Galilean craftsman from oak cut from the forest of Baashan.
 

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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2011, 22:15:35 PM »

More views of the Galilean Pulpit and the church on the sea front in St Leonards where it is to be found

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2017, 07:09:37 AM »

Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 04 January 1947

Germans Dig Stone For Bombed Church

WAR PRISONERS' VOLUNTARY WORK FOR REBUILDING


Twelve German prisoners of war from a camp at The Grove, Hollington, started on Monday the voluntary task of quarrying at Crowhurst the stone for the rebuilding of St. Leonards Parish Church, destroyed by a direct hit by a flying bomb at 20 minutes to midnight on July 29, 1944. A message of greeting from the Bishop of Chichester was read at a service which the men attended in Crowhurst Village Church before starting work.

The quarry is on the Crowhurst Park estate, and will provide all the Sussex blue stone for the rebuilding of the church, which it is hoped will be reconsecrated on May 22, 1950, 116 years after the first church was consecrated.

The original church wae the work of James Burton, the architect who planned St. Leonards, and the new church has been designed by Mr. Adrian Gilbert Scott, in conjunction with his brother, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the distinguished architect of Liverpool Cathedral and other notable modern work.

The German prisoners have volunteered to quarry the stone for eight hours a day without pay until there is sufficient.

In the mist of a grey winter morning the prisoners, accompanied by Canon C. O. Griffiths (rector of St. Leonards) and some of his parishioners, arrived in a motor coach at Crowhurst, where they were met by the Rector (the Rev. Eric O. Edwards) and went into the church for a short service. While the congregation was assembling and signing the church visitors' book, Mr. David Starling, organist of St. Leonards Parish Church, played as a voluntary the carol "Silent Night." The hymn, "The Church's one foundation" was then sung and Canon Griffiths entered the pulpit and read the lesson, beginning "Every man shall receive his reward according to his own labour."

BISHOP'S MESSAGE

The Bishop of Chichester's message, read by Canon Griffiths, was as follows:

"It is grand to know that German prisoners of war have offered to dig up the stone from the quarry at Crowhurst for the rebuilding of St. Leonards Parish Church. May their work be fruitful and happy, and may this action be a symbol of that rebuilding of the life of all nations on the Rock of Christ. May the day not be far distant when they can play their part in a similar rebuilding of social, economic and religious life in their own home land. God bless the coming year to you all."

Canon Griffiths told the German prisoners and congregation, many of whom carried spades with them so that they could help the digging, that they were all labourers together with God, but in different ways. Some knew how to dig, others how to pray, which was perhaps most important of all, and others had money to give. But, they were all workers together, they and their German friends who had volunteered to help rebuild the church, and that was a symbol of that togetherness of which the Bishop had spoken. Without that togetherness the world could never continue and civilisation could not go on.

PLEA FOR UNITY

Canon Griffiths appealed to them to let the love of God and of one another unite them. He added that if anyone could come out to Crowhurst and help while the digging was going on they would be welcome. He reminded them that the stone, which was the same as that of which Crowhurst Church is built, was needed not only for rebuilding the church at at. Leonards but the schools also.

Canon Griffiths expressed gratitude to the Rector of Crowhurst for allowing them to have the service in his church, and said the book which they had signed would be a valuable historical record.

After the service the whole party moved off to the quarry, where plans to start cutting the stone were made under the supervision of Mr. Fred Jones, whose family have worked the quarry for two generations. He will be in charge of the operations.
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2018, 16:50:53 PM »

The Sphere - Saturday 19 April 1947

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