Living Oasis: Meltdown continues as Sutton branch announces closure: call for prayer on facebook

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IN A BRIEF NOTE ON FACEBOOK, Living Oasis Sutton have announced their closure as of this weekend, Saturday 5th March:

I’m sad to announce that as of this Saturday 5th March, Living Oasis Sutton will be closing.
Thank you for your support and prayers over the last year and before hand.
Please pray for the staff team as we all look for new jobs and God’s directions. And also please pray for Sutton and the future of Christian bookshops, as more seem to be closing down all the time.
God bless,
Clarissa, Paul and the Sutton team

Living Oasis Sutton: Closing Down 5th March 2011

Living Oasis Sutton: Closing Down 5th March 2011

Following the recent closures of the Inverness and Aberdeen stores, this brings the number of branches lost by Living Oasis to three, and yet there has still been no official announcement from Nationwide Christian Trust, the company’s owners, about the current state of the company.

Julie Buesnel, of Christian Solutions, Jersey, has issued a call to prayer on Saturday:

As we hear the sad news that yet another Christian Bookshop Sutton Living Oasis will close it’s doors on Saturday. Please join me in an impromptu DAY OF PRAYER for all Christian Bookshops. Please can I ask you to try and understand where we are coming from and to stop buying Christian Books on the Internet. Let’s not just sit back and wait for another Bookshop to close it’s doors. We are more than a Bookshop. The internet cannot give a much needed HUG, or A LISTENING EAR or a MUCH NEEDED PRAYER. Please can I ask that you overlook that internet bargain and use your Local Christian Bookshops instead and support the very important work that we do in JESUS’ NAME.

Whilst the call to boycott online shopping is a contentious issue, the need for prayer and to support Christian retailers is undoubtedly urgent: please join in with this call for prayer wherever you are.

Thank you.

My thanks to Melanie Carroll for providing this information.