What a pleasure it was to take part in the very first joint service between Gateway Community Church and ourselves at Gants Hill. From 11 am, we held our usual hour-long service in the traditional Harvest style, with over 60 people attending, many who were from Gateway. The service was followed by a shared lunch where everybody intermingled and then an hours service in the tradition of Gateway, which was shortened from the normal length of service for our benefit.
It was an uplifting, exciting and hopeful occasion. Pastor Horace and I are keen not only for further shared services but also for the sharing of resources, and ideas that will benefit the local community.
I am grateful to Gateway for everything they did to make this day a success. I am also grateful to my congregation at Gants Hill who dressed the church beautifully and set up the hall for lunch. I do not doubt that there will be many positive outcomes.
All the food from the Harvest Table will go to Mill Grove residential community in South Woodford.
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon