Queen Anne hill was made for summer months. It is quiet walks through shaded streets lined with tiger lilies, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas are dreamy and calming. It is busy streets of local shops selling the latest sugary-somethings and chain stores filling the “geter done” holes. It is farmers markets and chic coffee shops, ice cream shops and decadent cupcake stores.
Queen Anne is towers sending and receiving messages from the globe, and churches sending and receiving messages from other realms.
From the “Hill” you can see the city, the waters, ferries, buses and cars of nearly every description. Queen Anne is where the tourists come to overview and snap pictures. It is both a destination and an orientation to the Metro Area.
Dogs stroll on leashed anchors while cats view them with contempt from the windows of exquisite architecture. The squirrels and crows plot their invasion of the ground between these human companions in competition for things that hit the ground.
It’s hard not to fall in love with the peaceful streets and cozy churches, but then one must find parking, and the slopped hills remind us that winter is deadly when all streets lead up and down, and down is a fast ride.
QA is not only reserved for tourists and shoppers. It is a place where the hearty ride bikes and the healthy take long walks amid sidewalks that are constantly being pushed upward by the beautiful trees. Watch your step…slow down at the intersections.
What I love: The cool ocean breezes of summer that wash over the Queen Anne Hill and remind us that the Spirit of God is in this place.
Yeah, you might say I am both enjoying this Interim ministry and wondering if I’m up to the rain and snow that will eventually descend.
Trusting God, I walk in the summer sun and remind myself that “worry will not add a cubit to my life.” Oh look, there is a new coffee shop opening. Let’s spit a molasses cookie and see who can best describe this place.
Interim Pastor Neil W. Allen
Pastor Neil Allen
I am blessed to serve as the pastor of Queen Anne Christian Church, an amazing community of wise and thoughtful people.