Ish’s ‘slightly late’ March Diary Update.


With new friends joining my little Facebook friends group daily, it’s time for me to update them and you with my latest monthly diary updates. Check it out and if I am somewhere near you, do pop along and say hello!
But whilst informing you of visits already booked…
Would the Church you attend like a real ‘all age praise party’ where adults and children can have interactive fun as they learn more about Jesus and the Bible through my simple songs and stories?
Or would the Church you attend like a REAL all age Sunday service when young and old can stay together for a full 60-75 minutes and all enjoy worshipping and learning together as one big family? Believe it or not but I can also do special services especially for Churches just with ‘more mature’ congregations that have few or no children attending.
Or maybe the Church you attend would like a ‘big celebration concert’ where I tell how I became a Christian and also share a bit about my exciting 50 years of ministry whilst interspersing the stories with lots and lots of the favourite songs that I have written over the years?
Or maybe, sadly, the Church you attend has a lot of people who are going through really difficult times where my ‘when the road is rough and steep’ seminar / concert may be more appropriate where I talk and sing about my time facing cancer and trying to deal with bereavement?
Might any one or more of the above add a little sparkle that might bless the Church you attend?
If the answer is a definite no thanks…yea well…no problem, I’ve never been everyones cup of tea!
But if the answer is yes or possibly, please messenger me or drop me an e mail at ishmael@ishmael.org.uk and I will give you more info about any of the above.
I promise you, a night or weekend visit to you will not be too expensive and I really don’t mind how few or many turn up.
I just want to visit (and hopefully bless) as many of you as I can…whilst I still can!
In the diary dates below I have mentioned a few days that I would be available to visit you whilst in a specific area, apart from that ALL dates (except the ones below obviously) are free for me to come and join you wherever you live in the UK! Distance in no object.

DiaryMarch Sun 22nd Chichester Cathedral duties / Mon 23rd Birdham School assembly / Sat 28th Waddesdon
Sun March 29th Available to do a Sunday morning service anywhere between Aylesbury & Chichester
April Wed 8th Spring Harvest Minehead /
Sat April 18th Available for Saturday Concert or Praise Party in West Country area
Sun 19th Wrington / 23rd-27th Spain
May 2nd -3rd Gillingham / Sun 10th Chichester Cathedral preach / 15th-19th Guernsey / Sat 23rd Forest of Dean
Sun May 24th Available for a morning service between Forest of Dean & Chichester
29th-June 5th Break.
June 13th-14th Birchington / 27th-28th Lymm
July Sun 5th Foots Cray / 10th-12th Golf weekend / 13th-17th Break / Wed 29th Northiam retreat
August Sun 23rd Chichester Cathedral preach / 30th The One Event Lincoln
Sept Sat 5th Chichester / Sun 6th Wolverhampton / 12-13th Haselbury Plunknett / Sat 19th Weston-Super- Mare / Sun 27th Chichester Cathedral duties
Oct 10th-17th Break / Sat 24th Malvern / Sun 25th Chiddingfold / Sat 31st Sandown


Ish’s top 10 for 2019

I thought that you may like to see the top 10 songs of mine, in popularity order, that you sang (or more accurately, your Churches have registered with CCLI) during 2019.
I can’t understand why ‘Wolfy Wolfy’ or ‘Bigger Barn’ are not in the list but there are some interesting songs listed below that I may need to add into my 2020 touring set if you are obviously enjoying singing them in your Churches.


1) Father God I Wonder (of course!)

2) I once was frightened of spiders (expected)

3) We are one we are family together ( a surprise and possible set contender)

4) So I’ve made up my mind (I love singing this song live)

5) I may live in a great big city (another surprise and possible set contender)

6) Blessed is the King who comes (a Palm Sunday special)

7) The creation Song (another song I love singing live)

8) O Lord you’re great (a third surprise but really needs a band to play live)

9) Jesus Christ is risen today (a real shock, a third possible set contender)

10) I will wave my hands in praise and adoration (yet another song that I love singing live and is nearly always in my touring set)


Premier Radio

Just back from London after doing a 45 minute pre-recorded interview for Premier radios breakfast show.

They must have known I have no trouble talking and have lots and lots to talk about because when the interviewer asked me a question it was like lighting the blue touch paper ….off I went!
They had more trouble shutting me up!

I’ll let you know when it’s going out on air.


Ooops this should have come before the Sunday at Lincoln post!

I have just returned from spending a weekend at the unique (and amazing) Ignite Church in Lincoln.

It really is very different than another Church I have visited. but I’ll tell you about the Sunday Service tomorrow.

Leader Darren wanted the brand new ‘All Fired Up’ all age praise party concert on Saturday which is what I gave them…along with the help of my old buddy Alan who played bass for me.

Lots and lots of my most popular songs were interspersed with short testimony stories of how the Holy Spirit has been involved in my Christian life.

For instance I told short stories on…
Beginning to be fired up (my salvation story)
Getting really fired up (How God filled me with His Holy Spirit)
Fired up with no fear (How the Holy Spirit gave me boldness in scary situations)
Getting fired up for miracles (How God has used me…and children in miracles and healings)
All fired up to trust God (How I’ve had to trust the Holy Spirit to guide me through life)
And a lot more…

It really went so well…and there were lot’s of young children present who sat amazed by some of my stories!

Maybe this very special all age Praise Party would go down well at your Church? Do let me know if you think it would and I’ll send you more details.

As I said earlier, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear about this mornings unique service, I don’t want you to get over excited!


Ish’s February Diary Update.

With new friends joining my little Facebook friends group daily, it’s time for me to update them and you with my latest monthly diary updates. Check it out and if I am somewhere near you, do pop along and say hello!

But whilst informing you of visits already booked…

Would the Church you attend like me to visit them and do a real ‘all age praise party’ where adults and children can have fun as they learn more about Jesus and the Bible through my simple songs and stories?

Or would the Church you attend like me to do a REAL all age Sunday service when young and old can stay together for a full 60-75 minutes and all enjoy worshipping and learning together as one big family?

Or maybe the Church you attend would prefer me to do a ‘big celebration concert’ where I tell how I became a Christian and also share a bit about my exciting 50 years of ministry whilst interspersing the stories with lots and lots of the favourite songs that I have written over the years?

Or maybe, sadly, the Church you attend has a lot of people who are going through really difficult times where my ‘when the road is rough and steep’ seminar / concert may be more appropriate where I talk and sing about my time facing cancer and trying to deal with bereavement?

Might any one or more of the above add a little sparkle that might bless the Church you attend this year?

If the answer is a definite no thanks…hey, oh well, never mind!

But if the answer is yes or possibly, please messenger me or drop me an e mail at ishmael@ishmael.org.uk and I will give you more info about any of the above.

I promise you, a night or weekend visit to you will not be too expensive and I really don’t mind how few or many turn up…the right ones WILL be there!

The only dates as I write that I can’t be with you…are the ones listed below!

Feb 9th Chichester Cathedral / 15th Newport / 16th South Wales / 28th-March 6th Break.

March 7th Wincanton / 23rd Birdham School assembly

April 8th Spring Harvest Minehead / 23rd-27th Spain

May 2nd -3rd Gillingham / 15th-19th Guernsey / 23rd Forest of Dean / 29th-June 5th Break.

June 13th-14th Birchington / 27th-28th Lymm

July 5th Foots Cray / 10th-12th Golf weekend / 13th-17th Break

Sept 5th Chichester / 6th Wolverhampton / 19th Weston-Super- Mare

Oct 10th-17th Break / Sandown