Happy Christmas Offer!

Just a reminder about our Christmas offer that if you order one or more CDs from our ishmaeldirect.com shop either CD or download, I will send you another CD that I think you will like for FREE.

Also I still love listening to my last CD (well there are some great singers on it) ‘songs and hymns’ and think it would make a great Christmas present for someone.

So if you order one of those I will not only send the free CD mentioned above but also a copy of our back catalogue Christmas Carol Celebration CD which still after 25 years rocks!

Offer ends on Christmas Day.


What a weekend!

Well I’ve arrived home rather exhausted after an action packed house party weekend with St Martins church and what a weekend we had!

The weekend included Great music worship, gentle quiet reflective times, a talent show, a barn dance, wonderful fellowship and also I did a spot of sharing and teaching.

Oh yes and on a free Saturday afternoon had a few minutes to pop into the lovely Lichfield Cathedral.

I can honestly say that I loved every minute of my time spent with these lovely people and having not done a house party for years…I’d forgotten how special they can be.


They think it’s all over…but I’m hoping and praying that it isn’t!

I enjoyed last night’s ‘Sting in the Tale’ concert in Felpham sooo much! And even better the 35 or so who attended really seemed to enjoy it as much as I did judging by their participation and encouraging comments afterwards.

 

The evening has changed quite a lot from the first one I did 14 months ago. It now contains quite a few different songs and interesting stories and I’ve even included the original Glorie song and Father God I wonder. Now I feel that the set is well balanced and just how I feel it should be, fun and relaxed, yet gently saying things that God is using to speak to people.

The other thing I’ve noticed is, that although I think all ages of adults would enjoy it, a large number that attend are older than me!

But of course, this is the age group that remembers me best and lets face it, there are not many Christian evangelistic concerts nowadays that are put on in Churches where older folk feel comfortable attending and are encouraged to bring along their non-churched friends!

So it’s filling an important gap.

I am so convinced that Churches would benefit from this evening and so want to travel with it that next year all I would ask (wherever you live) is that the organiser just pays for my petrol costs (which can be worked out beforehand) and charges the guests £5.00 per head which would go towards my ministry. I promise you this 90 minute ‘evening with Ish’ is worth a fiver!….Well I’d pay it. 😉

So please pass this onto others and think and pray about it seriously and if you wish to know more, please e mail me at ishmael@ishmael.org.uk


The final ‘Sting?’

Just a final reminder that we will be performing the ‘Sting in the Tale’ concert at Felpham Methodist Church tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7pm.

Tickets £5.00 on the door.

Please can you pass this on to any who live locally.

Sadly this could be it’s final performance as no more invites have come in.

It is such a shame because it is a fun / powerful evening and I think that the majority of those who have been to one have enjoyed it.

Mind you, I think that I have enjoyed doing them far more than anyone has enjoyed listening to them !!!!


Sad times.

I have some very happy times being a chaplain to my old hospital ward and visiting it most weeks and becoming good friends with Leukaemia sufferers.
 
I’m even more happy when they pull through the treatment and transplants and carry on enjoying life.
 
But sadly this is not always the case, some don’t.
 
A while ago I met and became friends with a lovely young guy but as time and treatment progressed it became very clear that the treatment was not working for him although of course on every visit, I prayed for him and hoped for a miracle.
 
A couple of weeks ago he told me that his time left on earth was going to be short.
 
I was with him twice last week discussing of all things his funeral arrangements and although I knew he was dying, he did not look or act like he was.
 
That is why it still came as a big shock to me when a relative texted me yesterday and told me that he had died.
 
Death may no longer have a sting or a victory but it still has a big impact on those of us left on earth.
 
Although of course I can’t disclose any names, prayers would be valued for all the family and close friends at this sad time.