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The Carters Adventures in Newbury

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We have now been in Newbury for two months and it’s amazing how quickly we feel settled and at home here.  We have been building new friendships with people within church, at school and at Vodafone.  We are pretty good at finding our way around the town and surrounding area, with all the complicated roundabouts!   We’ve enjoyed exploring the local and beautiful countryside and we’ve been able to get involved and contribute to the life of Bridge Church.
 
The church is going well, we now meet at a primary school.  We are seeing many new visitors each week, of all ages and walks of life.  Pete is playing bass most weeks and I have been preparing material for the ‘Bridge kids’ groups.  As a new church, many things happen that are just spontaneous, which is challenging and fun!  On Sundays we are exploring the book of Acts.  We’ve experienced really vibrant worship, some healings, people stepping out in new and bold ways.  Looking at the book of Acts is a great reminder of how to do church together and experience the power of the Holy Spirit at work amongst us.
 
Vodafone is a fantastic place for Pete to work – just a short drive away from our current home in Chieveley.  It’s so good for Pete to be working sensible hours and within a team. 
 
Although not currently working, I have begun to get involved with COINS – Christian Outreach in Newbury Schools.  I am co-leading a lunch time Christian club at one of the local schools.  We led our first session last Friday, which was met with enthusiasm from the children.  I’m sure there will be more opportunities to come.  I’ve also been involved with the team planning a joint church Light Party for 31st October.  Lots of Messy Church experience being very helpful here!
 
Hannah and Matthew have settled really well at their schools, making new friends and adapting to different routines.   Hannah has joined a guide unit, which she loves, and Matthew has joined a friendly Saturday morning football club.  We are very proud of them as they have done so well in adjusting to so many new things here.
 
We are currently still in a rented house just outside of Newbury in Chieveley, and would like to buy our own house as soon as we can.  This means we have quite a lot of driving each day, going to and from Newbury, so it will be good for us to be a bit nearer!
 
During this move, we have learnt and are still learning to really trust God in all things, to seek him first in all we do, and to be prepared to step out and do some crazy things sometimes.  Guy Miller’s message at Westpoint in 2014 was a poignant one, ‘The life of faith is spelt R.I.S.K!’  We are glad we took that risk and stepped into the unknown because we have known God’s hand with us, leading, guiding, providing and moving us on and it’s a really exciting adventure!

Pete & Helen Carter


Chris Doney, 14/10/2015

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