Our first Sunday in Cheltenham! How exciting! This is the first time I’ve been outside of the US and have been able to choose my own Sunday activities, so I was excited to join a group of Cedarville students and walk down to a local church. We visited Trinity Cheltenham, which meets in a beautiful restored church building. Listening to the message, and looking at the website, I’m still a bit fuzzy on where they stand theologically, but was obvious that the people attending the service loved Jesus.  I was really encouraged to see that the church had a lot of outreach programs.


It seemed like a juxtaposition, to have the drums and band set up where the altar usually stands.

Worship consisted of a contemporary band (like at Cedarville), but some of the songs were a little different. My favorite was a kids song, which the congregation sang just before the little ones were released to children’s church. One of the verses went something like this: “God is big and God is great,/ He’s so fab and He’s my mate.” I love hearing all these British terms, especially when we get to use them to worship our awesome God. :D

After church, our group had lunch at Spencer’s Café. For all of you fans of the BBC drama Sherlock, keep an eye open for Spencer’s when you watch the upcoming the third season – apparently a crew was filming some scenes here just a couple of weeks ago.

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The food was delicious. I had a brie and cranberry baguette panini. Oh man. I think it was the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever eaten. (But that also has something to do with the fact that brie is my favorite cheese….)

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We relaxed for a while after lunch, and then took an outing to Sandford Park. This part of Cheltenham was especially beautiful, full of lovely trees and well-kept lawns.

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We chose this spot to spend about two hours, reading and writing and doing some preparatory homework.

We chose this spot to spend about two hours, reading and writing and doing some preparatory homework.

The locals were also enjoying the gorgeous weather. We saw lots of people on bicycles, as well as a group of guys playing cricket.

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We took the scenic route home, and had the chance to interact with some locals…

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Overall, it was a lovely, relaxing Sunday.




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