Our service began with a time of praise.
We moved on to share a time for friendship, celebrating the friendships our youth organisations have, and the friendships we have in church. We welcomed Dorothy and Dina and their family into church membership.
We then welcomed Candi and Andrew and their family from our Congregational Church in Kingswood, Wooton under Edge. Candi had been part of a group of seven people from Congregational Federation churches in the UK who had visited partner churches in Malawi.
We reflected on the way belonging to one church means that we belong to the one church of Jesus Christ world-wide. Candi reflected on the experiences she had had and the impact those experiences had on her own Christian journey.
Our service finished with a time to share, as we shared our gifts not only for our own church but also for that mission partnership, and shared in prayers for one another and for the world.
After the service I interviewed Candi as she recapped some of what she had shared with us.