This is a sad Christmas in some ways for Sunderland.
Bridge Books and Music is closing for good.
There is now no Christian bookshop in the City of Sunderland.
I realise that times change and people largely use Amazon and download books onto their kindles. But there's no substitute for browsing... or exchanging secondhand books... or chatting away to Dave or Lynne.
We need places like this.
Bridge Books is not just a bookshop. It's a safe place. Somewhere to get fellowship, talk and pray over a coffee through the day. When the churches are shut and locked up for around six days a week, Lynne's shop is there. But not any more. Where do we go now?
Thanks for all your faithful years Lynne. And everyone else involved in the shop.
Anyone want to open a Christian bookshop or coffee shop?