Mid-week London Excursion

I mentioned in my apology post for my lack of blogging that I had an upcoming trip to London in the diary. That trip has now been and gone so I can share with you both the business and fun of visiting London.

The primary reason behind my trip to London was business. Not Counter-Cultural business but an interview for the role of church assistant. The church in question is All Souls, situated at Langham Place in central London. Internationally recognised with a large congregation (for a British church at least), All Souls is well-known within conservative evangelical circles. So when I saw an advertisement for the position of church assistant, the perfect opening into Christian work, I jumped at it and sent off my application back in March. But it wasn’t until 6 May that I received an email inviting me to an interview. I may have shocked my colleague who was giving me a lift home with a slight squeal of excitement/disbelief.

And so I found myself on the 8:09 train to Waterloo on 15 May, heading to an interview that I really hope will change my situation and possibly life. I’ve wanted to be involved with Church/Christian work since I was 16 but as I traveled to London it dawned just what an opportunity I had. On queue, the nerves kicked in and I stuck my head in Look in an attempt to calm down.

Carnaby Street definitely doesn’t blow its own trumpet.

As I arrived in London an hour early, I headed to Carnaby Street to find a coffee shop. Scared Cafe, just off Carnaby Street, caught my eye so I ordered myself a iced chocolate and New Zealand lolly cake. Not the best iced chocolate I’ve had. I prefer my ice to be blended in and the chocolate wasn’t well mixed with the ice cream. Fortunately, the lolly cake remedied that. A new cake to me, it gave me the sugar rush I needed while also reminding me of a children’s birthday party. If I’m in the area again, I may have to buy another.

Reacquainting myself with the job specification over iced chocolate and cake. De-stress heaven!

So fully sugared up, I headed off to Langham Place for my interview. But before heading in, I managed to take a photo of both All Souls and its more famous neighbour.

All Souls, Langham Place. The original architecture is incredible!

Yep, All Souls is right next to the Beeb. In fact the church used to host Songs of Praise regularly because it was so close.

 My interview started at 12 noon and was slightly longer than your standard interview. The actual interview went well but the difference was that both I and the other candidate were able to shadow a current church assistant and help her in some of her tasks. These involved setting up the lunchtime service, with accompanying lunch, and then cleaning up and rearranging the church for the Diocesan Synod. If I’m honest, being able to shift chairs with a chair trolley while wearing heels should give me extra points but somehow I don’t think that’s on the specification.

After the interview, with my adrenaline beginning to come down, I headed over to South Kensington for a bit of R’n’R. I hadn’t been to the Natural History Museum in years so I took the opportunity to check out their Earth exhibits. I just can’t leave my two years of Geology A Level behind.

Cromwell Road entrance to the Natural History Museum.

The exhibitions were magnificent and mind blowing at times. I loved the collections of gemstones and fossils, though I was disappointed to see a bit on Stonehenge. I accept its crucial within British geology but I just cannot escape work it seems. But I cannot do the Museum justice in words so I’ll share with you a few of the numerous photos I took.

The Mother of Modern Paleontology.

And the icthyosaur that started it all. She found several complete dinosaur skeletons.

Journey into the centre of the earth. This terrified me going up. I just don’t like open escalators!

Victims of Mount Vesuvius from Pompei. Just amazing at how preserved their final positions were.

Stonehenge appears as a chunk of Sarsen (sand)stone.

My favourite stones, emeralds. There were dozens of these on display.

The name comes from the ruined cityscape caused by its unique patterning. Definitely unique.

A petrified tree trunk. No longer wood, it has been completely replaced by minerals, which have preserved it.

Once I reached the point of information saturation, my next stop was Waterloo and a train home. So that was my day in London. And don’t worry, you’ll all know if I am offered the job as church assistants. Please be praying for me.

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