A leading feature of Childs Hill is its unpredictably. Yesterday, as expected, quite a few people were away - at least eight and two children (mostly in Christian service - two were preaching and four were involved in parachurch activities elsewhere). I was wondering if we would see much of a crowd. Truth is we were a little small in the evening but in the morning two or three factors meant the congregation was as large as ever. First, there were eight friends (three generations of one family) in London for a wedding the day before. Then a Romanian girl who attends invited several friends to come. A South African couple we know, passing through en route to Canada, were also there (I asked Brian Stone to give us an update on the Ravens, who we know from their LTS days, church planting in Bloemfontein).
I carried on with Revelation and Judges and that seemed to go well. We had all had lunch together, after the morning service, which was again very nice. Of course, there are other people who weren't there but to see a full congregation can be an encouragement.