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Letter from America VIII

by Simon

Sunday 19th August, Austin

And now the end is near and we must face the final curtain …

Perhaps that is a little over-dramatic, but in a couple of days time we will be on our way home. It has been good to see Dick and Laura Law and spend some time with them in their home in the Hill … Read more >

Letter from America VII

by Simon

Tuesday 14th August, New Orleans

Well, it took us two full days of driving to get from Wisconsin down to Louisiana, which was no great surprise when you look at a map. In contrast to the chain hotels and motels we’ve stayed in up to now, our accommodation in New Orleans is an early 19th century house that is run … Read more >

Letter from America VI

by Simon

Friday 10th August, Beloit, Wisconsin

In 1964, New York’s World’s Fair was held in  Flushing Meadow. A number of the American states exhibited, but it is only Wisconsin’s display that is now remembered by a friend with whom Catriona and I had dinner on Tuesday evening before we left Kentucky. What Barry remembered was the so-called ‘world’s biggest cheese’, which … Read more >

Letter from America V

by Simon

Tuesday 7th August, Lexington, Kentucky

The service at Faith Baptist Church on Sunday was mercifully uneventful. My attempt at a joke making a comparison between Meghan Markle and Donald Trump as both having made their name in TV shows before coming to the centre of power, went down OK. Well, no one walked out.

We had a most interesting day … Read more >

Letter from America IV

by Simon

Saturday 4th August

Since last writing, Catriona and I have moved further west, to Georgetown, Kentucky. Georgetown College is the oldest Baptist college west of the Allegheny Mountains and its links with Regent’s Park College over the course of the last 25 years have led to my getting to know a number of American ministers and academics. This area of … Read more >

Letter from America III

by Simon

Thursday 2nd August

We left the Big Apple behind us on Tuesday morning and headed south to, well, The South. We took the main east coast interstate that skirted Baltimore and Washington DC to arrive in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond was the capital of the Confederate States in the Civil War and those dark times still have an impact today. Monument … Read more >

Letter from America II

by Simon

Monday 30th July

We seem to have done a lot since I last wrote as we had to pack our sight-seeing into fewer days than we had allowed. We have managed to fit in all the major sights … and got to church yesterday. Baptist churches in the USA vary a lot more than they do in the UK and … Read more >

Letter from America I

by Simon

Saturday 28th July

“When you go, will you send back a letter from America?” So sang The Proclaimers as some of us heard last Sunday … and this is my answer.

I’m writing this in our hotel in Jersey City, which has a roof terrace with views across to the iconic Manhattan skyline. However, it has not been an easy … Read more >

Toddlers – Summer Break

by Simon

Our Toddler Group is now on its summer break. We will begin again on Wednesday 12th September after a well-earned break for our volunteer staff. We hope that you will have a great summer and look forward to welcoming you back next term.… Read more >