Emma and Sue reporting from a gazebo in the glorious sunshine.
It’s our first time at New Wine and we wanted to tell you what it’s like from a newcomer’s point of view.
What has struck us most of all is how lovely it is to be part of a helpful, friendly and sociable group of people. Every one pitches in, shares and helps others out, comes over to chat and enjoy a few laughs together. We both feel relaxed and are enjoying a slower pace of life.
As we write from the shade of the gazebo we can see children playing, some reading quietly, a group having lunch and some off to seminars.
The first day was probably more challenging for Emma as she has come here without her close friends. I was really moved to pray for her last night during the worship at Venue One, the largest gathering on site. I was so delighted to hear that she had enjoyed the children’s club far more this morning (which is on an even larger scale than Springfield – is that possible?!), made a friend in her group and is spending time playing with the other Springfield children.
As for me, although the worship and teaching were great at the large venue last night, I knew that it was not the place for me this week. I went along to a smaller venue with Jean this morning which has a focus on inner city areas and estates. We both knew that this is where God would like us to be each morning this week – the teaching was mission focussed, interactive and personal and spoke into our experiences at Roundshaw. I made the most of the opportunity for prayer ministry and know that this is where God will be refreshing, equipping and speaking to me this week…………
The first time I got to the field to put the tent up it felt like this was a true community..
The past day has flown by. I have been enjoying every moment – the food, games and the evening with laughter , games and wine!
I really want to go again next year and it’s the fridge tonight so I am going! There’s stuff like games, sweets, chatting, Xbox and Wiis.
Sue chats about her hopes and expectations for the week when she arrived on Sunday: