No, I’m not talking about the love of God here, though Paul’s prayer in Ephesians is worth repeating: “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:17-19) Instead, I’m talking about working on the ground… and on the roof…!

Today we had a cleaning-up day at Beever Street. The building there has not yet been sold and we decided to tidy up the grounds (a lot of rubbish had accumulated in the car park there) and do some work on the roof today. It was a lovely sunny day and a group of willing helpers took up their gloves, shovels and brushes to clear weeds and rubbish.

Some of the things we discovered in clearing the rubbish were not very appetising, like this mouldy pie:

or these underpants:

Meanwhile, work was going on higher up, as the roof was being cleared of rubbish and tiles replaced and repointed:

View from the roof:

As usual, it wasn’t all work:

Apart from wanting to make the site look better in our attempts to sell the old building, we also have a reason for needing the building once again, as we are having a baptismal service on 12th November. We don’t yet have a baptistry in the new building, so may well need to use the old one for this service, so it was good to do work on the old site. We are thrilled to need a baptistry as it’s always fantastic to celebrate new life in Christ. We were also struck by how small the old building seemed on our return: we’ve clearly adapted to the bigger building! May God continue to increase our vision and capacity and add to our numbers!