St Mary's in the snow!
Local News | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 |
By Joan Vine
Having spent a whole month in Arizona, USA with our youngest son, his wife and our two grandsons whom we hadn’t seen for a year, I found it really easy getting used to being around them again and having wall to wall sunshine every day. We had whole days out without having to worry about raincoats, umbrellas, scarves, gloves and all the other paraphernalia us Brit’s need when going out in our unpredictable UK weather. Arizona is experiencing its winter season too, a few restful months when the heat is at least bearable and people can actually go outdoors without having to suffer well over 100 degrees in the shade (if you can find any, that is).
Taking in the annual celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas is a truly happy time for all those who live in Arizona, a time to go to their local Worship Centre, along with their families to thank God for his truly amazing gifts to us all. It was great to see how many Christians there are in the US. The service we attended was very casual but apparently, they hold four services every Sunday and many hundreds of people attend each service, each week. At the end of the services you are invited to seek out a ‘prayer buddy’ if you need help praying and they had small, intimate areas in the grounds of the church where a handful or so of people could discuss any of the scriptures for that day.
It was all very interesting and great to see so many Christians attending worship; however, I can’t tell you how great it was to return home to Broomfield to see St Mary’s delightful, old church sitting quietly in the snow! It just seems impossible that within less than 20 hours we went from being in the warm, bright sunshine to being in cold, bright snow… Wonderful!