A Warm Welcome

Last weekend I was invited to lead worship for a group of Churches in Greater Manchester.  The Albion pastorate, which comprises Albion, Charlestown and Hurst Nook URCs, held a joint service in the Charlestown church.

Albion Pastorate, Ashton-under-Lyne

Albion Pastorate, Ashton-under-Lyne

Kate and I were given a really warm welcome epitomising (I hope) the URC.  The photograph shows a few of the Albion Pastorate members that I was able to round up after the service.

Apart from the warm welcome we received I noticed that another newcomer also received a warm welcome before and after the service.  This lady came up to me after the service and said I talked directly to her in my address – isn’t it great what the Lord can do with our simple words?  I’m guessing the actions of the church members amplified my words to her.

Like a number of other churches, the Albion Pastorate is without a stipendiary Minister at present but I was encouraged by the warmth, joy and vibrancy of this branch of the People of the Way.  I thought I was the one meant to do the encouraging, not the other way round!

Praise the Lord and bless the people of the Albion Pastorate.


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