This morning after breakfast with XC, watching “Animanimals”, I went to Chongyi church for the morning service. My friend, LP, kindly pointed me to this church, where she attended when she lived here, and it happens to be only a ten minute walk from my accommodation; if there wasn’t another block of flats in the way I would be able to see it from the living room window!
It’s quite funny that to go to church, much like I could in Guildford, I go passed B&Q (百安居，bǎi ān jū) and Tesco (乐购，Lè gòu) – sort of (the church is more of less opposite Tesco).
Church was nothing like in Guildford, though. Apart from not understanding much, it is huge
! There must be several thousand people – and that’s not counting the service before
the one I attended!
It was a really lovely service, with a wonderful mix of modern, lively songs and some traditional hymns (the tunes of some I recognised) a worship group and a choir, and I enjoyed it very much.
As it was the first Sunday of the month, there was also communion after the main part of the service, and at the end I joined the new-comers’ group for an introduction to the church. Everything was in Chinese, so I understood little, but the welcome was warm. All in all it was a great introduction to this church which would be my home church for the next 12 weeks.