Judy Janes: September 2015
My family moved several times as I grew up because my Dad, 'The Man from the Pru' was promoted to new jobs. Because of this I have belonged to several Methodist churches over the years. The first was Currock Methodist in Carlisle (sadly now apartments), then Central Methodist in Great Harwood, Lancashire (now a row of terraced houses), and Whitefield Methodist, near Bury.
It was never hard to move because there was a set of friends for us all waiting in the next church.
As a child our holidays and frequent weekends were spent in our Sprite caravan all over Britain and if we were away on a Sunday we would attend the nearest Methodist Church. My sister and I would join the Sunday school and enjoy whatever was on offer. We always met with warm welcomes and a feeling of belonging to a big family of Christians wherever we went.
I wonder if anyone has joined the congregation of another Methodist Church while on their holidays this summer and found that feeling of family that I have felt many times over the years?
Many years ago as part of a morning service at Alton I marked on a map of Britain all the places the people of the congregation had worshipped at or had family involved in churches. The map was thoroughly covered by the end of the service.
It is such a comforting feeling when sitting worshipping on a Sunday morning to think about all the other churches across Britain and further afield where people are sitting doing the same things that we are. We are one family, singing, praying, sharing bread and wine and fellowship, all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
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