We are here in the Oise to work with a small church in the town of Clermont, population 10,500 (2014). Here is the main street in the old part of the town:
There is a mix of better-off and poorer areas in the town, not all of it looks quite so attractive!
The church was only planted in September last year, so is very young, but is going very well. There are no other evangelical churches in Clermont.
We attended our first service yesterday afternoon (5pm). Here is the outside of the premises used for the services:
The church is called La Source, meaning The Spring, reflecting the Spring of Living Water we have in Jesus!
Can you guess what the premises are used for during the week?
Yep, it’s a weight training gym, in French une salle de musculation. Weight training is very popular here and there are a number of similar places in the town. The owner is part of the church.
We enjoyed meeting our brothers and sisters and we all had a great time together, with worship, testimonies and a message.
The church emphasises doing fun things for the community of Clermont. The next fun activity will be a board games evening this coming Saturday: