On Sunday we visited Barrow - not Barrow-in-Furness this time, but Barrow-upon-Soar in north Leicestershire. The Baptist church there has been a long-term supporter of CMM's work, most notably providing Simon Gudger. Helen used to live very close to the village, and it is also Amy's home town, so it was great to visit the area.
We had originally been invited to lead a musical in a day, but a change of plan meant that we were leading the morning service. It is always wonderful to lead worship in a church where people are keen to focus on God, and open to the Spirit. Roger preached, Helen led worship, and Martin and Amy completed the music group. Mark Turner, the minister there, also joined in with his guitar.
We again used the song 'Within a crib', and it went down really well. Roger spoke about the God who comes, and God came! A number of people were really touched, and the ministry team was busy at the end.
After the service we had an amazing lunch with Mark Turner and his family. Thanks so much to all at Barrow for your hospitality and support over the years.