Hello Parents, siblings, friends and fellow congregation members,
Before you ask... the flight was good and the tour of London was great, but that is not what I am going to talk about. I am going to talk about a little church tucked back in the middle of nowhere, The Village of Doddington. About a mile hike from the Palace Farm Hostel, and surrounded by the sounds of sheep, is St. John the Baptist. This church is not dedicated to St. John himself, but to the beheading of St. John, and believed to be one of only a couple churches in the world to be dedicated to such. The church possibly dates from as early as the Saxon period in England, and is mentioned in history from 1066 and the time of William the Conqueror. It was actually given to the inhabitants of Doddington as a gift to be supported by the local government so as to not have to take a collection from the poor farmers of the area. The church itself is beautiful, not to mention the stained glass windows. The church is kept up and is used regularly, as well as is open to the public.
Thank you for all of your support throughout the last year to make this possible for us.
Hello, to anybody who is currently reading.
This has been quite the trip so far already. I woke up at 8 am on June 18th inside of my house, and from then until (Writing at 9:05 PM) now I've been up for at least 30 hours, with 2 hours of quick little nap time from both on the airplane and the bus.
London was quite a mix of Rome and New York City (both having equally unforgivable traffic), with its interesting architecture mixed in with a unique modern twist, and the bus tour was a good way to appreciate it. At around 1, we stopped right by the tower of London to have England's signature fish and chips (yet I didn’t have any due to the fact that I was too tired), and enjoyed new experiences with foreign coffee. It was a sweet little delight. For dinner, Zoe, Megan (B), Grace, and I all made both a vegetarian pasta and a regular meat sauce dish. David was acting as a head chef the whole time, and he made sure to kept us in order, to keep the supper from destroying itself. Things are going well so far, and tomorrow we will be heading to Canterbury for almost 12 hours! Have a wonderful day!
We are young people on a spiritual journey that began five years ago. We are members of Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. These ten days in England, France, and Belgium are a culmination of our study of the Christian faith. We are on a pilgrimage of exploration and discernment as we approach the sacrament of Confirmation in the Fall.