Was there a way, we wondered, that this work could continue? With internet competition and the recession, many Christian bookshops have closed in the last few years. Despite knowing this, though, we had a growing sense that God was calling us to buck the trend. We had been equipped with the right skills: Martin is an accountant with wide commercial experience and Joy had run the Pilgrim Bookshop for eight years in the 70s and 80s.
A plan emerged – to start small and local, train up volunteers and develop sales outside the shop. We began looking at rental properties in the Castle Quarter and at the start of August 2011, we signed the lease on 167 Castle Road. A busy month followed, with the shop being decorated and fitted out, computer systems installed and accounts set up with publishers. Finally, on Thursday September 8th, 2011 we were ready to open.
We look forward to welcoming you at The Word