This is the worship area of St. Gregory's. I was so nervous this morning when I set out, I nearly turned round and went back inside the safe haven of the friary. I intended to get there early for the later service but got there late for the early service so like a good Anglican I stood outside wondering what to do before telling myself "Oh for goodness sake woman, just go inside!" It is bright and colourful and looks much loved and cared for. Sara Miles was preaching. A lady called Elizabeth Boileau was decorating the church for Easter last Sunday and fell from a ladder. She was seriously injured and had to have emergency surgery in the evening to reduce a swelling on her brain. Revd. Fromberg (Paul) felt unable to travel to China and postponed his trip. She has made a marvellous recovery and is due to be discharged from hospital soon. The care and compassion shown for a much loved member of the congregation was palpable. The liturgy is totally different from anything I have ex[perienced before but I was deeply moved by it. There was coffee after the service and a chance to meet Paul Sara and some of the other members of the team. The second service was much larger and longer but again I was really impressed. It is beautifully crafted, extremely well rehearsed and felt held and led the whole time. Each movement is explained, so all you need is a music book. They start in the rotunda and then everyone processes in to the worship space where you hear the gospel and the sermon then they lead the congregation in a rhythmic dance back into the rotunda where the hosts are consecrated and distrubuted. The whole service is intersperced with hymns which are sung unaccompanied, but led by a seriously good Director of Music.and a well rehearsed choir. I was introduced during the service and many people came up to speak to me afterwards. I felt truly welcomed and was aware of the presence of God both in the place and in its people.
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