We went to the Baptist Church linked to the École des Cèdres on Sunday morning. Being lazy we opted for the 11am service rather than the 9:30am! We met some more of our fellow-students, including the couple who were in our flat last year (who are now working for their mission in Massy).
Although there was much we din’t follow, there was quite a bit we could understand. Several of the songs we knew already from our times of worship in French over the last two years.
We’ve been meeting our neighbours in the flats over the time we’ve been here and on Saturday received an invitation from a retired couple to go and eat Galette du Roi with them on Sunday afternoon. We had a really great time and chatted away, nearly always in French, for nearly two hours.
Galette du Roi comprises two layers of pastry with almond paste inbetween. I was in heaven, I adore almonds! It is eaten on the first Sunday of the new year, originally to celebrate the arrival of the three magi to visit the infant Jesus. Nowadays it is often just a celebration time for family and/or neighbours, with no religious aspect.
Off in a few minutes to begin our first day at school…
That’s what the people of Massy are called, apparently. So that’s what we are now: Massicois! The trip went fine on Tuesday, we arrived a little earlier than expected, got the keys to our studio flat and unloaded.
It was wonderful to have our friends with us, for their company and encouragement, and some good laughs, but also for several trips to the local hypermarket, Cora (which is absolutely huge and sells just about everything you can imagine!).
Day by day we are settling in more, getting the flat re-arranged, unpacking and finding homes for everything… The flat is bigger than we had expected and is very comfortable for us.
It’s funny how you don’t get a feel for a place until you walk round it a bit. Massy is quite small, and we are right in the centre of town, close to the Mairie (Town Hall) and Police Station. There are four boulangeries (bakeries) within 4 or 5 minutes walk: us Massicois really do like our bread and pastries! It’s just 10 minutes walk to our language school, Les Cèdres, and the same to Cora. All very convenient.
God is good to us. With every hour this is more like home, and it’s exactly where He wants us.
I’ll post some photos soon.