We’re enjoying living in Woking, and not only because of starting at The Coign Church. Of course there are lots of challenges moving somewhere new, though most of mine appear to be food related – for example:
- Finding my way round a new supermarket (harder work than it should be)
- Deciding where to go out for a meal (Pizza Express – it’s literally next door to the Coign building)
- Deciding where to buy a sandwich (had a calzone from a street vendor in Market Walk – nice!!!)
- Understanding the food waste recycling system (a new concept for us)
- Almost creating an ‘international incident’ when trying to buy goat (yes, really) for some Indian visitors after Westpoint (we ended up with lamb and we liked it)
- And finally (non-food related) trying to find a post office … and then trying to negotiate the queue …
It feels odd not knowing where everything is, especially when the road layout seems to change almost daily!
So praise God for the church!
We’re absolutely loving getting to know The Coign and, although we’re new, so many things already feel very familiar to us.
I’ve enjoyed starting our new preaching series: “Why I Love The Church”. Do get the free download of week 1 if you missed it; part 2 this Sunday.
I’ve enjoyed seeing ‘normal church life’ taking place all around me: worship, community groups, prayer meetings, pastoral care, youth work, kids work, team meetings, elders meetings, planning for alpha and so much more.
I even enjoyed getting my car washed as part of a fund raiser for three young people setting off to do year teams, although I think the cars weren’t the only thing that got soaked …
And talking of getting soaked …
What a joy to see people being baptised on Sunday evening
Sharon, Marcus, Clara and Karam each made the step of being baptised. The testimonies were great, with Karam’s even reducing grown men to tears. Dub then preached excellently and we ended up praying for lots of people too. Apologies for the quality of the photos:
Baptisms are a sign that God has been at work in our church, and I believe he will carry on blessing us as we go into the future too.