I spent the day yesterday at two church buildings nestled into the heart of downtown London. Both of these churches would seem idylic in an english countryside yet they stand amidst the finance capital of europe. The first church is St. Botolphs-without-aldersgate which is where London City presbyterian worships and has their offices. (The site of St.Botolph’s has had a church on it for 1000 years and the current building is 300-400 yrs old. Nearby is the site of the where Charles Wesley was converted). It is a typically beautiful and old anglican church. The second church was St. Helens, Bishopsgate. This church is evidently fairly well known in the city for it’s evangelical status. I went there with David Strain to a pastor’s group. A group of about 9 ministers meet on a regular basis to listen to each other’s sermons and provide prayer and encouragment. It was a privilege to be there.
Today was a big day for Team Benedict. Took the tube in this morning and registered Pj for school. What a catharsis…we have been planning, praying, and working towards this point for almost a year. I am so proud of her. Took pictures of all these moments for our London Sponsor Momma Maske. Pj was so giddy to hang out with the group of 7 women who share her program. It seemed like an awesome diverse group of nations and talents. French, Welsh, Korean, African and British…Pj was the lone american and married one. (I should note that they were all impressed that the husband moved with…sweet!) After that we set up the bank account which means that we can hopefully pay the deposit and first month’s rent when we find a place. Although it’s still awfully depressing when you turn in a sum of money and get back less than half..*sigh*. The rest of the day we rewarded ourselves with a trip down to Gower street (in Bloomsbury) where our colleges house is (Madison House) and tea at 5pm. We rode the Tube home in peak time and had a little adventure when they anncouned that everyone had to get off the train at a random stop because there there was “a person under a train” …what the!… Don’t worry though, we got home eventually.
We had a wonderful time hanging out with our family in Chelmsford this last week. Everyone say hi to Andy, Rachel, Cameron, and Nalini! They fed us, took us around, and let us play with their children. What more could you ask for?? Highlights of our stay were visiting Cambridge for the day, having time with the Huffman’s (Rachel’s parents) and a proper lunch at a nice pub after church on sunday. The huffman’s go to a great church called Meadgate Church in greater Baddow. Did I mention the crunchie’s bars??