Although we had such a positive experience with the congregation at St. George’s last Sunday, I thought we should visit an evangelical church this weekend. I discovered one on my morning walk. When we retired Saturday night, our plan was to visit this new church. But when we prepared for worship Sunday morning, there was no wavering. We would return to St. George’s for our last Sunday in Kendal. It was one of our best Lake District decisions.
It was “All Age Worship” day. It could have been called Children’s Worship day. Midway through the hour
I whispered to Joy, “I have been grinning this whole time.”
And I had. Eleven or twelve Brownies were with us; everything had been prepared with them in mind. Jesus’ stories of the Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep from Luke 15 provided the structure for the Lost and Found theme. Dramatic readings, children’s songs (which the adults also sang), brief homily that didn’t feel like one, prayers, even poppers (party favors) and chocolate coins—
everything was on theme. It was as far from a staid formal worship service as it could be. And it was fun!
At the coffee reception following the service we chatted with
Associate Priest Jean Radley,
a woman as impressive in quiet conversation as she is as the leader of this warm fellowship. She surprised with an invitation to dinner at her home one evening this week. We probably surprised her with our quick acceptance. We want to know her better.
This follows our meal with Andrew and Diane Knowles on Saturday. They picked us up and drove us to their favorite country pub, then followed that act of hospitality with tea in their home.
A more gracious couple we have never met.
Joy and Diane sometimes talked so enthusiastically about their mutual interests that Andrew and I had to have a separate conversation or simply go mute. We, also, had no trouble discovering many areas of shared enthusiasm. It was as if two long-separated brothers had just found each other. Which, theologically speaking, is was happened!
As we planned this Next Phase we are now in, Joy’s goal was to stay in one place long enough to get a taste of the local culture. We are doing that here, in the best possible way,
being taught by those who live and work in a community they love. We could not feel more at home.