Today we had a really lovely day as it was The Little Mister’s thanksgiving service. We decided not to have him baptised but wanted to have a little service to say thankyou to God for him and welcome him into the Christian church.
Lots of our family attended which was really special for us and we were thrilled that they could share our day with us. Also my Uncle Nick was able to do the service as he is a Bishop in Argentina and was over visiting for a few days. Today’s picture is of part of the service and obviously wasn’t taken by me. My Auntie Karen sent it to me and she also does photo of the day and she blips over here.
Here is also a bonus picture as I just love this photo of my beautiful boy. He is also wearing the most awesome tank top ever!
Today I flew to London to go to the Courage 25 year anniversary service. Jeremy Marks, the founder of Courage, is semi-retiring and as a result Courage will be ceasing in it’s current form and taking on a new format called The Two 23 Network. It looks like it should be really exciting and I can’t wait to see how things develop.
The Thanksgiving Service was absolutely lovely, although a little lengthy, which was a bit of a shame as it meant that I wasn’t really able to spend much time chatting with people. One of the nicest things about the service though was hearing people talk about their experiences of being at Courage and also the impact that Jeremy has had on their lives. Dave Tomlinson spoke at the service and was really challenging.
I miss seeing the Courage members. Over the years their support and faith has been both comforting and inspirational. Whilst being in Guernsey is, without a doubt, the right thing for us, it doesn’t stop me missing people and having input from them. Courage has played such a major part in my own life over the last 15 years, and I truly appreciate all that the organisation has done for me over this time.
It has been a lovely day, but now I am absolutely shattered! I think I need to take it easy tomorrow! This photograph is the beautiful window at St Luke’s and Christ Church in Chelsea which is where the service was.
We are staying a couple of night in Bath at the rather lovely 77 Great Pultney street. It is a small B&B with just one room they rent out and it right in the centre of Bath. We found it through the Alistair Sawdays website which always comes up with some real treats for unusual accommodation. Our hosts Ian and Henry are fantastic and we had one of the best breakfasts I have ever had. Delicious.
I was hoping for a gloriously sunny day so we could go out exploring and what we have had is persistent rain which has been a bit disappointing. We went to visit the Roman Baths which is just fantastic. Not cheap to get in but well worth a visit. I tried really hard to imagine all the Romans who might have passed over the courtyards and through the baths. I love this picture which shows the Baths with the Abbey in the background. They are literally next to each other!
We also went to visit the Jane Austen Centre which was OK and moderately interesting. The Mister described it as being a bit like like the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester which I blogged about here. The Jane Austen Centre wasn’t that bad, but it contained very little that had much to do with Jane Austen other than it was “of the period”. Still, it got us out of the rain!
We also went to Bath Abbey which is lovely and has some beautiful textiles on display at the moment. Happily we also did some shopping before I collapsed back at the B&B for a rest before we go out for a curry tonight.
It has been lovely to have a couple of days to ourselves before we return home. It is all looking good to be in court on Tuesday so hopefully by this time next week we should have a house. Fingers crossed!
It has a busy day. I sang at the wedding and then I raced off to town to attend a Street Party. My Mum and Dad attend Eldad Elim Church and they were involved in helping to organise a street party in the road outside the church.
It was brilliant and they reckon that they probably had about 300 people attending. Hopefully they had some people from the flats that surround the church because it is a reasonably deprived area by Guernsey standards. There was a face-painter, a man making balloon models (who was brilliant!!), hula hooping, Splat the Rat, a bouncy castle, a band and people dancing. It was a lovely atmosphere and most importantly, there was a lot of cake!!!