After a great deal of thought and prayer, at the end of 2016, I decided to leave Kingdom Faith Church. I had joined in March 1997 and, over the years, made some very good friends there.
Sadly many of the people I had known were leaving and moving on to new churches or leaving the district so I decided to look for another church, one that would be accessible by bus so not having to rely on lifts as in the past.
I had heard about the Jubilee Community Church in East Grinstead from friends and discovered that there were several families in Copthorne where I live that ere members there.
So, after 12 months, I am enjoying being part of this vibrant church and making new friends. There is a ‘house group’ in Copthorne too so I meet with them on Wednesday evenings.
I have also been studying ‘Way of the Spirit’ courses with another couple on Tuesday evenings which has been most enjoyable.
I haven’t run a Marathon since June (number 197) although I did walk 6 Marathons in 6 days in Monaco in November. This can only be counted as one event so that took me to a total of 198.
In April I will run the Brighton Marathon followed, in June, by my 200th Marathon in Reculver, Kent. This will be just 3 days after my 70th birthday for which I am having a party at the Copthorne Social Club. The Reculver event is called The Dambusters Challenge, a 6 hour race where you can run or walk as far as you like in 6 hours. I will, of course, complete the Marathon distance. It will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid which took place in Germany. My favourite aircraft, The Lancaster Bomber will be incorporated in the medal!
Having recently been diagnosed with mild asthma this is just a challenge that I will have to overcome so it remains to be seen what the future will hold beyond June.