St John’s was the home I never had in a church. I spent a few years drifting from church to church, until one day I tried St John’s. I received a warm welcome from Arthur (as do most newcomers!) He wasn’t pushy, but neither would he let me drift away. Before I knew it I was part of the confirmation group, and was baptised and confirmed by Bishop Paul.
I love how diverse and talented we all are. Everyone plays a part in making things happen – and with such enthusiasm! Hospitality is the perfect theme for St John’s. Not only do you feel welcomed, but are invited to worship, encouraged to participate, and you receive a great sense of joy in doing so.
When I joined St John’s, we were in interregnum. With strong wardens and a good support base, we pushed through. Since having Tom and John on board there have been a lot of changes, and they have all been positive! It is lovely to see how pass-ionate they are in connecting people with God.
I have found a fairly good job. Sean is finding it very difficult. He has been for quite an intense first interview (including psychometric testing), and was invited back for a horrible second interview. The right thing will come at the right time.
Now back in South Africa, we have the daunting task of trying to find a new church. With any luck it will be half the home St John’s has been to us.