Without any doubt the visits top the list. In our first year two people came to us from Lusaka, in the following year two from St Anne’s went there , and now in May 2015 we are ready to welcome two more from Zambia. These visits are exciting in many ways, even from the planning stage. In both churches there is so much to see, so many people eager to meet and greet, so many differences but at the same time so much in common, so many “tourist” places to visit, so many questions to ask.
Our first visitors told us of the 500-600 worshippers at a morning service in Lusaka but it was only when our delegates visited them (and, incidentally preached and presented gifts), saw four choirs and four bands leading worship, learned of the Retreats they run, the hundreds of children at Sunday School, the training required of all would-be elders that “ differences” between our churches became apparent as well as fascinating and challenging.