It is a great privilege indeed to belong to a Christian church, and so to the Christian church.
This last weekend, I reached the milestone of 10 years serving the churches here in Kemsing and Woodlands, also a great privilege.
That gives me cause to look back on the many churches I have belonged to over the years. Each made its mark in different ways, and the person I am today is undoubtedly shaped by the time spent in those churches.
I have little (or even no) recall of some of the churches going back to my earliest childhood; other churches I remember very cleary. I was in some of these churches for a long time; others I spent little over a year. Some of these churches were hard work to belong to, and God shaped me through that; others were a joy and my memories are only happy.
But each and every one of these churches was a privilege to be a part of, because each one is a church of the Lord Jesus Christ. In total, I make it 16 churches.
- St Augustine's Bromley Common
- St John's Fairfield, Liverpool — no longer there
- St John's Harborne, Birmingham
- All Saints Mbale, Taita, Coast Province, Kenya
- St Peter's Fremington
- All Saints Beaford, Devon
- St Aldate's Oxford
- Christ Church Surbiton
- St Ebbe's Oxford
- St Helen's Bishopsgate, London
- Christ Church Mayfair, London
- St John's Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London
- Holy Trinity Frogmore, between Radlett and St Alban's
- Christ Church Cockfosters
- St James the Great Audley, North Staffordshire
- St Mary's Kemsing and St Mary's Woodlands, Kent