Farewell Isleworth

Alice reflects on her and her family’s stay here

When my family and I arrived in Isleworth a little over five months ago, it was a realisation of a long held dream. As a dual Australian/British national I had been wanting to spend more time with my English family, and introduce my three children to their English heritage, so we were delighted when I was given the opportunity to work on a British based TV show, to be filmed in Richmond. Back in Australia, we had not been regularly attending church as a family, but when we saw the open door at St John’s and a friendly sign saying: “Your church in the heart of Isleworth”, we were immediately drawn in. Dave’s warm welcome, and the family friendly services put us immediately at ease and so began a very special part of our stay here in Isleworth. Over the past five months we have loved coming to the services and being part of the St John’s and St Mary’s community. Hugo our youngest loves coming up the front to play the musical instruments during the children’s songs; Ruben really looks forward to singing the Gloria every week and Sebastian has enjoyed contributing to the services by doing a reading, and playing Herod in the Nativity play on Christmas Eve. As for Nathaniel and I, we have really valued the opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness, whether that be through listening to Tom and Dave’s insightful sermons or participating in the fantastic monthly gospel singing workshops – my idea of heaven! Sadly our stay in Isleworth will be coming to an end when we return to Australia in late February. While our time here has only been relatively short, the wonderful experience we have had at St John’s has made a deep impact on us that we will carry back to our lives in Australia. Thank you everyone for welcoming us into your church and making us feel so at home.