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A chance encounter…?

Some of you may know of my grand passion for history, and my ability to bore th WebSite X5 Demo Version g to listen…

A few years ago I was delighted to share my knowledge and passion with my lovely daughte WebSite X5 Demo Version e Tudors for her History GCSE. I took her topic as the perfect excuse for us to embark on a Grand Hyst WebSite X5 Demo Version re – and so off we went – London bound…

Thanks to a ‘super off-peak’ deal on train tickets with Chilter WebSite X5 Demo Version train from Kidderminster to London Marylebone, armed with breakfast and guide books. Our plan was to vi WebSite X5 Demo Version Westminster Abbey and the National Portrait Gallery, soaking up knowledge and insight along the way… litt WebSite X5 Demo Version at an amazing experience we were to have!

Having successfully purchased day tickets and navigated the tube WebSite X5 Demo Version kins – we arrived at Tower Hill and with great delight headed off in to the famous, and infamous, Tower of WebSite X5 Demo Version n history, tradition and intrigue.

Along with the hoards of school holiday tourists we joined the tour condu WebSite X5 Demo Version , commonly known as the Beefeater, and enjoyed his grasp of the people and times of his home.

Eventually the WebSite X5 Demo Version old Site, and we were regaled with gory tales of sword and axe, guilt and innocence! And then, the highlight f WebSite X5 Demo Version to the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, this is the Tower church and burial place of Queens Anne Boleyn, Catheri WebSite X5 Demo Version rey amongst other notable figures I’ve encountered in the history books I love!

Being a talkative, and cheeky, s WebSite X5 Demo Version sk about the Chaplain, and whether there had ever been a woman as Chaplain. This proved to be a question that spa WebSite X5 Demo Version with our lovely Warder, leading him to invite Emily and I in to the crypt below the Chapel, a place normally stric WebSite X5 Demo Version eneral public. There in the crypt we saw the memorial shrine for St Thomas More, and the mass grave of the some 130 WebSite X5 Demo Version ted on Tower Hill.

It was an incredible experience, and we both felt incredibly fortunate to be invited in to this c WebSite X5 Demo Version d to few.

As we travelled home later that night, with aching feet having completed our days plan, I couldn’t help but WebSite X5 Demo Version experience we were given… all because of a ‘chance encounter’ and a conversation with stranger…

I wonder how many peo WebSite X5 Demo Version at church is a place that’s ‘off limits’? That coming in to church is strictly by invitation only, for a select few?

We WebSite X5 Demo Version Body of Christ, are in the position of inviting others to join us in our walk with God. It is you and I who have the pr WebSite X5 Demo Version ‘chance encounters’ of every day in to an opportunity to come to know God… be bold…

Rev. Laura Hill, Rector
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