CC York/Bible College
Dear friends, I hope this update finds you well. All is well in the Lord in York. The leaves are beginning to turn a hint of yellow which means my favorite season is here. It was a quick summer; the Bible College semester ended well and then we had our annual UK Pastor’s conference in late May. It was a wonderful gathering, especially after having missed it in 2020 due to Covid.
|Baptism in the North Sea|
The Bible College students have arrived for the fall semester. In-person classes begin this Monday. The Lord is always faithful to put together a unique group. This semester we have students representing England, Ireland, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, and the USA. Please pray that their hearts and minds will be open to receive all the things the Lord has for them and that we as a staff would be sensitive to His Spirit.
I was blessed with the opportunity to spend some time this summer at a retreat house on Holy Island (also known as Lindisfarne). Holy Island lies just off the coast of northeast England. It gets cut off by the tide twice a day and is a quiet place. There are less than two hundred residents and about the same number of sheep.
|Sheep grazing on Holy Island|
The island has a unique spiritual heritage. In the 7th century, King Oswald of Northhumbria became a Christian and desired that his subjects would turn from paganism and embrace Christianity. To this end, he invited St Aiden of Iona to use Holy Island as a base for evangelizing Northhumbria. Aiden was successful and much of Northhumbria embraced Christianity under his ministry. The Lindisfarne Gospels were produced on the island by a monk named Eadfrith around 715AD. This work is an ornately decorated illuminated manuscript containing the four gospels in Latin with an Old English gloss inserted around the 10th century. It is the earliest surviving translation of the gospels into English and is on display at the British Library in London. We have taken our students to the library and British Museum in the past and plan on doing so in the future depending on the situation in London.
|Aunt Margaret a few years ago|
I have been serving at Calvary Chapel York, England since 2016. I teach at the Bible College and serve at the church in a variety of ways including prison ministry and leading worship. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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