18th - Such a place

For some people, the church can be a bit like a Tardis: it’s much bigger on the inside than it appears to be from the outside. We know our particular church building, squeezed between York Road and Mount Hermon Road in Woking, is a bit like that. It’s almost invisible from the road but, for those who step inside, there is a whole community which comes together, worships together, supports each other and serves our wider community.

In this series for Advent we want to open some windows so everyone can see a bit more of who we are and what goes on in a church like ours.


Such a place this is18th
Where Man meets God
And sings His praises
Where young and old
Are both at home
And play their part
Where proud new mums
Bring babes for doting
And fears for calming
Where cocky kids
Can teach their elders
And yet learn grace.
Such a place this is
Where broken hearts find healing
And the downtrodden are lifted up
Where those who were told that they can’t
Now find they can
And teach others how
Where the tuneless sing like angels
When God is in their hearts
And the sad are wrapped in arms that fear no tears.
Such a place this is:
Filled with the blessed and the blessing
The cared for and the caring
The annoyed and annoying
The frustrated and frustrating
The imperfect and the sinful.
And yet the smiling saviour looks down on it all
And makes it right
And makes us right.
Such a place this is
And I love it.

Simon Harrison

Simon studied chemistry a long time ago, but now works as a technical communicator in the IT industry. He first attended St Mary of Bethany last century and wrote this for the centenary of St Mary of Bethany church in 2007.