Wednesday, 10 June 2009

A brief glimpse of life in Guernsey

Although I have flown to many places across the world I am always a little anxious that there is someone to meet me...and as we arrived in Guernsey it was great to see the familiar smiling face of the superintendent minister, David Hart. Our first engagement was lunch with ecumenical guests followed by a visit to the Deputy Baliff. It gave us a fascinating overview of life in Guernsey where the Church still plays a major part in civic life.

We spent a good time with the residents of Maison L'Aumon, a sister to MHA,

(David Hart, Paul le Boutillier (Chair of directors) and Myrtle (she only came for the sun and it rained most of the time!!)

and saw the develpment of the extension to provide specialst care for those suffering of the residents in singing the praise of the Home said that they only thing missing was the swimming pool

We then spent time with Stephen Robinson, minister at Les Capelles and heard about the ministry which is offered through their newly refurbished premises. It was wonderful to meet up with Stephen again as we hadn't met since we trained at Kingsmead College, in 1979, prior to them going to Kenya and Myrtle and I to Jamaica.

It was a day of reunions as we spent two nights with Esther and Andrew Male and their children Martha, James and Gregory...this is a terrible photo...... I must have moved...and James had already gone to school...but his younger brother is holding a photo of him!!

Esther and Andrew were part of MethSoc in Cardiff in the late 80's and are both very involved in the life of methodism in Guernsey. It was great to share time with them all. One of the extra joys of this year has been to meet up with so many of those who were students during our time in Cardiff and see how they are involved in so many areas of church and community life.

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