Sunday, September 20, 2009

Halleluja




We went to our first church experience this morning and I couldn't help but think of this Mr. Bean skit. The church we visited, St. Johns, was a small for US church but the people seemed very warm. We are interested in visiting 2 other churches before making a final decision. The children join the congregation for worship and then go to their own classes. Apparently it is pretty rare for a church to have any kind of nursery or programs for children in the UK. So few people attend church and there aren't enough resources to have the kind of programs we have in the States. Ewan and Isaac did well in their classes (a miracle) and there was a nursery for Graham until Eucharist. Then all the families come back together for communion. The diocese of Durham has decided to only serve the bread for Eucharist in order to help prevent the spread of Swine Flu.

Jon and the 3 boys walked to church while our friend Jono and his son, Liam, showed Jon how to get there. I rode with Megan in her car (she is very pregnant). It is about a 30 minute walk to get to that church.

After lunch, Jono and Jon took the older boys to a nearby farm to play for the afternoon. Graham is napping and I am avoiding dishes (Oh, how I miss our dishwasher!!!). I was a little jealous that I didn't get to go see the farm but I'm also thankful for a very quiet house. I think our place will be easy to keep tidy but it also seems a little louder without so much space to drown out the noise.

Next week's tasks are to do something "fun and touristy", get Isaac a spot in a school that is nearby, hopefully get the rest of our boxes we shipped so I can start homeschool with Ewan, and decide whether or not we want to buy a car.


Jon talking to some peeps after church



(Above) Jono and Liam playing leap frog
Graham (below) playing on a sculpture outside the church

4 comments:

The Herd said...

We actually watched that Bean video in Russian! ha!!! Fun times!!

Lyndsey said...

I'm so envious! What a wonderful experience you and all of your children are getting!

I'd be a little jealous about missing the farm as well. :-)

Mimi said...

So glad we got to visit by video conference. It felt like we just sat down in our living room to catch up -- maybe better because sometimes our Sunday afternoon visits weren't that quiet..:-) Glad we learned about gtalk!!!
These pictures put our conversation all into perspective...praying for you. We love you and miss you! Hope you get the Wii up and running (for Isaac's sake). Love to all

Monica said...

My goodness. You guys have been busy. I totally understand that "louder in smaller spaces" dynamic! Loved all the pics--that close up of Ewan and Isaac at the farm is a great brother pic. Keep enjoying your new adventure and taking lots of pics!