At Trinity we celebrated Harvest this morning. I think Trinity are earlier than most churches – so there is probably still the chance to take along some groceries to a church near you in the weeks to come.
Trinity were joined by The Lighthouse Abingdon Church. They normally meet in the Net Young People’s centre, but during the building work of recent months have met in Trinity’s Conduit Hall.
At Harvest today both congregations joined together. Michael, seen here in the picture on the left, and members of Lighthouse Abingdon should be back at the Young People’s Centre – soon. It is good to see Revd. Richard Bittleston, on the right, has made such a full recovery after he was struck down with a very serious illness at the start of May.
Sorry to see Thorntons Close on Saturday. The town centre looked very busy with the French Market on the Market Place, but at 5:30 Thorntons took down their displays for the final time.
I see in the Abingdon Herald, and now on BBC Local, that as part of Christ Church’s 50th anniversary celebrations the bible is being read aloud in 4 days. Many people are taking part including our Mayor, MP and Bishop, and lots of people who go to Christ Church.
This feat has been attempted before in Abingdon. That was back in September 2003, at Trinity Church.
On that occasion one young lad attempted to read through the bible in 24 hours.
It quickly became apparent that 24 hours would never be long enough. The going got tough as he entered the books of I and II Chronicles – where there were long lists of people begetting other people with no other narrative.
At that point the audience of young friends started drifting away, and the young reader jumped forward a few pages to something more interesting. He then started taking requests. The highlight turned out to be the Song of Songs with piano accompaniment.
I look forward to going down to Christ Church to listen for a bit. I’m sure there will be no skipping any difficult passages there – and 4 days sounds more possible.