Old Whittington church asks public “join us to remember Gracie”

An Old Whittington church will open its doors again tonight for mourners to light a candle and write a message for Chesterfield woman Gracie Spinks - who died on Friday.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 2:45 pm
Updated Monday, 21st June 2021, 2:57 pm

St Bartholomew's Church will have a special opening this evening between 6pm and 8pm - allowing members of the community to remember the 23-year-old.

The church welcomed over 200 local people who took time to say prayers for young Gracie this weekend - also leaving messages for her family.

Reverend Jo Morris, Rector of Whittington, said the church was now a “gathering place” for people to show their support for Gracie’s grieving loved ones.

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The vicar told how during the weekend fellow church leaders including the Bishop of Repton lent a hand in Old Whittington to speak with people since news of Gracie’s death emerged.

Mourners were given a copy of the prayer which tells of Jesus laying down in the storm along with a picture of Gracie and invited to leave messages.

Writing on Facebook Rev Morris said: “Please join us to remember Gracie and support her family.”

Visitors are asked to try and adhere to social distancing and bring masks.

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