Well, I guessed that there were going to be a few surprises on this gig…and there were!
To start with I don’t think that I have ever done a gig in such a remote field! To get there I had to drive down a long dark (because of overhanging trees) single track road with very few passing spaces.
It really was scary reversing when I came face to face with another vehicle. Then when I reached the field where people were camping (on quite a steep hill) I found myself skidding all over the place due to the rain that was falling.
Then we met our organisers who were lovely people and I was kindly offered beer, wine and a pizza…before the gig!
I hasten to add that I never eat food or drink alcohol before a gig…I look forward to doing that afterwards! As I was setting up I watched 33 large pizza’s placed on hay bales around me and also watched them disappear in minutes thanks to young and old hungry campers!
Then I did the Tot Praise Party helped by a generator outside the marquee and it really was great fun! Even though it had stopped raining, many adults and children (some having no link with Church) stayed in the marquee and listened and joined in singing the songs enthusiastically.
It really was a wonderful experience and Praise Party and well done to those who organise it each year.
It confirmed to me yet again that you don’t have to be preachy or Churchy to communicate the love of Jesus to people who do not liked being preached at and who would never consider attending a Sunday service in a Church building.
Today I am driving up to a village called Edge which is near Stroud to take part in a Tot Fest, which is quite different to most of the events I get invited to.
The organiser sent me the following.
We run an event for unchurched families every year from Aug 26th-29th ( the bank holiday week end.) Is there any chance that you could join us to stomp about in mud on the Saturday pm or Sunday pm doing talks, songs, or family entertainment in a large marquee?
Our lot are not into God in a big way but they do tend to show up when I do some teaching about God. Evidently I am not Churchy so they don’t feel scared!!!
Thanks so much for all your wonderful music which we love.
How could I refuse? I too have never been told that I am too ‘Churchy’ so hopefully I won’t scare people off either!
I love a bit of a challenge and doing something a little different and I think this gig will be both!
Really looking forward to it and would value your prayers at 6pm tonight. I will of course let you know how things went.
Just wanted to tell you that I had a brilliant time at Wivelsfield Green Cafe Church this morning.
The village hall was nicely full of all ages who joined in enthusiastically.
I really enjoyed singing 2 songs that I have not sung for a very long time ‘Lord we’ve come to worship you’ and ‘Jehovah Jireh’.
That is the great thing about having a back catalogue of well over 400 songs to choose from…I can keep refreshing the set….with ah my old songs! I hope that makes sense!
Fresh back from a wonderful praise party held in a marquee at the Red Hill Christian Centre. It was organised by a lovely lady pastor called Linz.
Although again like Frinton on sea last week it was baking hot under canvas, the children joined in enthusiastically for 75 minutes.
We stayed just down the road in Stratford upon Avon which must be one of my favourite places to visit and that has nothing to do with the bard…it’s just a lovely town.
Great to be back doing praise parties again!