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Tuesday 19 January 2016 – some of my church family

Tuesday 19 January 2016 – some of my church family
January 19, 2016 Anne Browse
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I asked these friends to pose tonight for a photo for the blog.  They are just a few of the members of our Methodist Church here in the village of Halberton, near Tiverton, in Devon.  We had gathered to pray together this evening – for each other, for our church, for our community and for the world. 

For years our church had felt dusty and damp and seemed to be ‘stuck’.  Gradually things have changed.  We have finally removed the pews and carpeted both rooms so that the premises are more useful and more welcoming.  Tonight we met to pray in the main church, surrounded by tomorrow’s coffee morning stalls, which will raise money for our local primary school.  Next door in the church school room, the local Amnesty International meeting was taking place as we prayed. 

Tonight we prayed with marbles!  There was laughter as we prayed, and there were tears, too.  I find it hard to put into words how special these people are to me.  They are family, and I thank God for them.