So yesterday was my visit to the wonderful city of Bath. Sadly it wasn't at its best. Pouring rain does not do the views or the architecture justice. I arrived at about 1.30 to meet Matt, who'd forgotten I was coming. When we realised this we managed to meet up at the University. Slightly surreal conversation about Narnia and then about some Maths, in the Claverton Rooms.
Decamped to Matt's office where Damo also works... and managed to distract a second postgrad from his studies. Back to the Claverton Rooms for hot chocolate with Dr & Mr Harwin.... and then downstairs to the Parade Bar for coffee with Mr.
Next stop one floor down in the delightful Choices restaurant to meet some CU Leaders, and also Maths postgrad number 3, Adam. Encouraged by stories of what God is doing in and through the CU this term... and fun plans for Christmas evangelism - including Wade on the Parade on Tuesday 6th.
Then came the CU meeting. It was great to be with them, to worship with them and personally I considered it a real priviledge to bring God's word to them. Hard for me to judge the merits of the message but it was encouraging to chat to people afterwards about it. Pleasant surprise to run into another maths graduate, Glen, who gatecrashed the party. Cool also to run into Sam, Paul and a few others.
Essentially I spent the day with five friends who'd done Math's undergraduate degrees at Bath. Four Christians, and one not... and yet only one of those four arrived at Uni as a Christian.
Who knows if I'll ever return to speak at Bath, but it was a pleasure to go for a first time as a preacher and serve my old CU in the richest of tasks.
Talk Script (PDF).