Andy and I grew up in the village of Mountsorrel halfway between Loughborough and Leicester. Although I didn’t appreciate it growing up, the village has a lot going for it with the Butter Market, Soar Valley Leisure Centre, canal, farm, quarry and newly opened heritage railway.
It also has a great church. We didn’t go to church much when we were growing up but when Andy moved back to Mountsorrel he decided to do an Alpha course at Christ Church. The friendly folk he met, especially Christine and Mick Butcher, had a massive impact on him and he made the decision to go back to church. Here he is talking to Bishop Tim back in 2009 at the Cromwell Road Coffee House (he appears with his mouth full about 7 minutes into the video!).
For Andy, friendship was always important (as well as food!). Through the human contact he experienced as part of the church family at Christ Church, he had a profound and life-changing experience of the love of God. In fact, he told his friends there that he thanked God for his VHL because without it he wouldn’t have met Jesus.
And just as his new-found friends had an impact on him, he had a lasting impact on them too. He is still fondly remembered, and I am so thankful that the church in Mountsorrel are holding two events to support my walk and raise money for VHL.
The first is a Quiz4Andy on Friday 5th May at 7pm, probably with lots of questions about cars that I wouldn’t be able to answer!
The second event is a Coffee/LunchDay4Andy on Saturday 13th May 10am-2pm. There will be lots of Andy’s favourite food including bacon sarnies and chocolate cake. I’m planning to join them on the Saturday, walking from Evington to Mountsorrel (about 10 miles) to be there in time for lunch.
St Paul talked about the church family being like a body where if one part hurts the whole body suffers. I love the fact that I still have brothers and sisters in Mountsorrel who feel what I feel, will pray with me when I’m finding things tough and who want to do their bit to help. Thank you to all of you!