Our first experience of Indian English Worship & Breakfast was an interesting one.
My first impressions as we walked in was what I had been expecting. We sat down and I looked forward… my impression instantly changed. A woman had been playing an electric piano as we walked in which did not seem so strange, however the projector and screen to the left hand side I certainly was not expecting. The whole of the service ran from the projector, hymns, liturgy and notice of what the different parts of worship were.
The service was a traditional English service, with the use of a lot of old English language. It was often hard to keep up with what was being said because of the speed at which they speak. I loved the use of old choruses, they brought back memories from my childhood.
Afterwards we all ate breakfast together, this was our first experience of eating with our hands. I had to make sure I held my plate with my left hand to make sure I ate with my right. being left handed did mean I needed to remember which I was using to eat with!
This was an evening of worship in Tamil, we were given a book which had the order of worship translated so we could sort of follow what was going on. First though we were given a lovely warm welcome, presented with a beautiful rose garland. Having never been given a garland before I was not expecting it to be so heavy… or wet!
The service was filled with music, dance and liturgy. The chapel had no enclosed walls, the wildlife… birds, ants and other creatures joined us in worship. It was good to be surrounded by nature, especially when the birds flew through.
Afterwards everyone from the community ate together outside under the stars… an amazing start to our time in India.