‘God at Work’ sign stolen from Crawley Church

  • Banner publicised £500k renovation work
  • Church awarded thousands by County Local Committee
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An appeal has been made for a ‘God at Work’ banner to be returned after it was stolen from a church.

The banner was takenfrom scaffolding at Crawley United Reformed Church, Worth Park Avenue, Pound Hill, overnight on Saturday (March 7).

CO 090315 "God at Work" banner stolen from outside Crawley United Reformed Church. Derek Russell and Rev Bridget Banks showing what was written on the stolen banner. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150903-144503001

CO 090315 "God at Work" banner stolen from outside Crawley United Reformed Church. Derek Russell and Rev Bridget Banks showing what was written on the stolen banner. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150903-144503001

The Reverend Bridget Banks and another member of the congregation donated the banner to publicise the start of the church’s £500,000 renovation works.

Rev Banks and Derek Russell, the regeneration project leader, found it missing on Sunday morning.

Mr Russell, 68, of St Hilda’s Close, Pound Hill, said: “We found out immediately prior to the service.

“I was extremely disappointed and was wondering why some body would want to take such a thing.”

I was extremely disappointed and was wondering why some body would want to take such a thing

Derek Russell

The banner was visible from Haslett Avenue East.

It read ‘God at Work!’ and had a traffic symbol warning of construction works.

The first phase of the renovation works at the church started the Monday before.

Rev Banks, 49, said: “It had only been up a few hours from the night before.

“I think the whole church was quite disappointed.

“It’s a very exciting time for us to be redoing the church in such a big way and it was a bit of a laugh because we do believe God is at work at the church.”

The East Crawley County Local Committee awarded the church more than £7,000 to install a hearing loop and sound system as part of the works at a public meeting in Crawley Library on Wednesday (March 4).

Janet Sowerbutts, 76, who raised funds for the works, said: “The aim of the church is to open the building for the community. The sound and hearing loop system is absolutely essential for people with hearing loss.”