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Last Updated: Monday, 5 June 2006, 09:16 GMT 10:16 UK
Church apologises to neighbours
Householders in part of the West Midlands have been given a surprise apology from their church.

The congregation of St Philip's Church in Penn Fields, Wolverhampton, spent Sunday delivering letters of apology to every home in the parish.

In the letter the Rev Jeremy Oakley asked for forgiveness for anything the church had done against them, whether on purpose or by accident.

The church hopes the move will boost congregation numbers.

Mr Oakley said the church had been praying for the area by street and by name.

'No specific incident'

"Our apology isn't focused on a specific incident, event or time, but is recognition that the church can make mistakes - sometimes without realising, and that these mistakes can lead people to feeling unable to attend.

"We want to remove any obstacles to worship and make sure all the people in our parish know that we long for them to return to church and worship with us."


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