It has been a busy couple of weeks! We’ve been in our new flat for just over three weeks; and for the most part, we’ve got everything set up and in place (as long as you don’t venture into the guest/studio/office room :)). A couple of weeks ago some friends took us to IKEA so that we could pick up a few odds and ends – towel racks, bathroom kart, cups, decorative pieces, etc.
One of the nice things about having our own space now is the opportunity it provides to have people over for a meal, coffee, or just to hang out. And we’ve already been able to do that multiple times. We’ve both been reminded that ministry doesn’t just happen within the context of a church service, or during ‘office hours,’ but it also happens by inviting people into your life and into your home.
Pastor Steve and his family arrived back in Liverpool after nine weeks in the States for their daughter’s treatment the morning of Palm Sunday. It is still bizarre to me that we lived in their house for three weeks before we even met them face-to-face! Monday the staff went to breakfast together and got caught up before heading back to the office to flesh out some details of the next few months. This is going to be an incredible year!
I don’t think there is anything more humbling than standing with believers from around the world proclaiming that Jesus is risen, and that we worship the same King. I hope that never gets old. Kelly and I got to celebrate Easter three times this week. On Thursday night as both churches (Wirral and Liverpool) gathered to remember Jesus’ body broken on the cross and share communion. And Sunday with two services (one at each church) as we celebrated together. Easter in the UK is similar to the US in that it brings lots of non-believers, or people that would not otherwise attend church on a Sunday.
Although it could have been a little weird celebrating our first holiday without our immediate family – because even when we lived in Nashville, we’d come back to Charlotte for Easter. We had a full day of meals and spending time with couples from both churches… And man, did we eat well!
As we continue to get more settled into our roles and responsibilities within the next month, we’ll make a stronger effort to blog regularly!
We are grateful for your support both prayerful and financial – keep ‘em up because we can’t do this without you! Here’s a few pictures from our last couple of weeks. To see more, follow us on Instagram here.