Only part of the church has been insured against air raids

A Reading vicar encouraged parishioners to pray for the Armenian victims of genocide in Turkey.

Contributions are still urgently needed towards the fund for protecting our churches and buildings in the parish against possible attacks from hostile Air-craft. As the Rector I have already insured the Chancel of S. Mary’s, but the Nave is not yet insured. I hope all parishioners may be able to send some donation, however small, to the Treasurer of their particular Church.

We are trying to carry out loyally the new lighting, or rather darkening orders in our Churches, and it is to be hoped our efforts have been successful.

1. For the persecuted Armenians.
2. For success to be granted this year to the various operations of the Allies.
3. For the preservation of our country from hostile air-craft.
4. For unity of will and purpose amongst the people of our nation and Empire.

Reading St Mary parish magazine, February 1916 (D/P98/28A/13)

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