This post is my gift to the members and friends of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.
It occurred to me the other day that very few people have been able to enjoy our beautiful campus since the suspension of in-person worship, study, and fellowship activities so many months ago.
We are one of those church sites where space is always at a premium. Busy on a daily basis. Something. Happening. Every. Day. People. People. More people.
Today the church is still very much active. Online worship is engaging and authentic. All kinds of Zoom classes are meeting. The pastoral and professional staff are working hard to facilitate ministry on every level. This is a time defined by creativity, inventiveness, and faithful witness.
Meanwhile, the campus at 12605 Capital Boulevard is looking better than ever in its summer finery. The community garden, the flower beds, the trees, the grass, the borders.
So Friday I decided to go all over the campus with my camera, and offer a walking tour for everyone who has been missing the church – and for everyone who enjoys some beautiful shots of summer in Wake Forest.
The tour starts in the parking area, over by the community garden, moves through to the memorial garden, heads down to the CLC, works through the lower parking area, and back across the entry.
Enjoy. Linger. Don’t rush through. Savor it all.
Kudos, by the way, to the teams who work so hard to keep this space beautiful. It is all done – lovingly and effectively – to the glory of God.
But don’t limit yourself to looking at photographs. Come on by and pause for some prayerful, meditative moments. Then, so inspired, immerse yourself in some of the amazing work that goes on here.
In love, and because of love – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.