We are situated very close to a busy shopping centre on the borders of South East London. We are described as a welcoming bunch coming from all walks of life.
You wouldn’t normally think to look for signs of God in Bluewater Shopping Centre. However, that was the task set for the youngsters on a recent visit during our German Exchange.
Signs of God’s creativity were found in the carvings around the upper landing. And on the lower floor the wonders of nature, trees and flowers, along with scenes of Florida beaches and outer space on video clips caught the imagination.
God’s inclusiveness was demonstrated by the different nationalities working and shopping under one roof.
‘Mothercare ‘ spoke to us about the nurture and care afforded by God to his children. Luke spotted the sign ‘You are not just a number’ which spoke to him of the love which God feels for each person and the way we are all treated as individuals.
The depiction of the River Thames that flows along one side of the complex reminded the young people of God’s love flowing in the world.
Someone spotted, ‘Jesus loves you’ written on a belt on a concourse stall. And to cap it all, there was a three-lamp lighting pillar – a sign of the Trinity, said Andrew.
Perhaps we shall all look at Bluewater in a different light next time we visit.
Bexleyheath URC, Bluewater Shopping Centre, Christuskirche Neheim, Geddes Place United Reformed Church, Geddes Place URC
Jordan Prestage one of our young people reports:
During the few days we had together with our German friends, we seemed to cram in an enormous number of activities. On Friday we went to Bluewater, Shorne Country Park for games and then a barbecue at Higham. On Saturday, we went to The Tower of London and saw the beautiful Crown Jewels, and to the 30th floor of the tallest Canary Wharf tower, with a super view from the window. On Sunday, after church and lunch with hosts, we played rounders in Russell Park, planned an evening service on ‘Bread’, which was followed by food and party games. Our special thanks go to everyone who made the weekend possible.
A good number of our fellowship enjoyed a super tea in the garden at the home of Ursula and Paul Ayliffe. Although the weather forecast promised showers, good weather prevailed and we all spent an enjoyable afternoon together.Bexleyheath United Reformed Church, Bexleyheath URC, Geddes Place United Reformed Church, Geddes Place URC, Paul Ayliffe, Ursula Ayliffe