More Ministry Experiences in England

June 15, 2013

At last I am back to reporting on some of the additional ministry experiences we had in England last month.

One evening we met with Pathway, the church planting group in Walthamstow in northeast London. This group consists of our five workers from North America, five or six from the Forest Gate Brethren in Christ Church (located in a nearby borough), and several other Londoners who are committed to this church planting venture. Paul Kiss led the study this evening. We met at The Meeting Point…

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…in this spacious room.

On another day we went with Paul and Jay to Cambridge. En route we saw many fields of rape (canola) in brilliant bloom.

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In Cambridge, at a modern hotel, we met with a Christian barrister, or attorney, who represents cases of Christians who have been discriminated against because of their faith. United Kingdom has a long history of promoting the Christina faith, but in recent recent years because of multiculturalism and political correctness Christians in many situations are being restricted in giving expression to their faith. The barrister welcomes Jay and Paul to send him information of any cases they know of, where Christians are facing such .

Then the barrister friend took us on a brief walking tour of part of the city and a few of  the colleges of Cambridge University.

 

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Punting is the British term for using a pole to maneuver a boat.

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This is called the mathematical bridge and was first built without bolts or nuts.

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The River Cam (hence the name Cambridge) flows behind the university.

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Street and college scene.

 

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Above is the courtyard of one of the colleges – Clare, I think.

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This is the famous and much-photographed King’s College Chapel, seen from the rear, across the River Cam.

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The same Chapel seen from the front, that is, from a street in the town. And below are two more views of the Chapel.

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For much of the afternoon the weather was cold and rainy, so we were glad to step into Michaelhouse Coffee Shop, which is part of St. Michael’s Chapel, the oldest college chapel in Cambridge. The coffee shop opens into the small chapel, shown below, which is still in use.

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Late in the afternoon we went to the historic Round House Church, modeled after the much larger Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

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This church is now occupied by Christian Heritage, a group that highlights the influence of Christianity on the story of Cambridge and on Western culture generally, and that challenges people to consider the impact of secularism.

Today Christian Heritage had Jay Smith speak on what is known historically about the rise of Islam. A few Muslims attended the lecture, and they and others asked perceptive questions in the response time.

Here is one of the stained glass windows in the Round Church.

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It is only about 50 years old. It is titled “Jesus Crucified and Crowned.” It presents the theme of Christian hope, centering on the living Christ who reigns as “the Lamb who was slain” (Revelation 5:6). The Cross is now the Tree of Life “for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2).

In the town of Cambridge the witness for Jesus Christ goes on in many ways.

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