We spent the end of Holy Week and the start of Easter in the
I shared in a Tenebrae-style Communion Service in the evening at
I spent the night with circuit steward and new accredited local preacher Janet De Jersey and her husband Graham. They told me about how Guernsey had changed over the years, how once it had a thriving glasshouse economy with over 200 tomato growers and countless flower growers, and now only 4 tomato growers and a small number of commercial flower growers remain. The island economy is now significantly dependent on the finance industry. They also showed me nearby L’Ancresse Bay, a beautifully quiet bay now, but also the place British troops landed to liberate the island from German occupation in the Second World War.
On Good Friday I preached at a morning service at
Other churches in the circuit have also seen significant changes in the last few years. The small church at Les Adams had only a handful of members, and closure looked likely, but after a prayer retreat they decided they would give themselves one final year to see whether by refocusing their mission and ministry they could turn things around. They now regularly attract 30 or more people to a revised style of worship and are far better at engaging with their local community throughout the week that seems to meet their needs.