Well, we made it!
All back in Chichester safe and sound thankfully with weary walking hero Joss having completed his 1229 mile walk in just under 3 months and me having completed my 500 mile drive through Scotland in just two and a half days.
And…..over £3000 raised for the snowdrop charity. Yippee!
But I just had to pop in to have a quick look at Gleneagles 2014 Ryder Cup course on the trip…wow makes the courses I play on look like seaside pitch and putt courses!
Sadly I’ll never be good enough (or rich enough) to play on it but something’s provide a bit of pleasure just by looking at them…and dreaming!
Oh well, now back to work I guess whilst joss plans his next walk!!!!
Hot on the heels of the ‘Tot’s Fest’ adventure comes the ‘Scottish Expedition!’
Tomorrow I drive up to Gatwick then fly up to Inverness.
Here I will pick up a car and drive 120 miles up to John O’Groats to pick up and congratulate our weary son Joss on completing his Land’s End to John O’Groats walk.
It’s amazing he has raised many 100’s of £s over his target of £2,400 to go to the children’s bereavement charity Snowdrop.
Many thanks to all of you who sponsored him.
Then on Thursday I drive 230 miles from John O’Groats to Perth, then on Friday drive a mere 45 miles down to visit relatives who live near Edinburgh, before boarding a flight and returning back to Gatwick then driving back to Chichester on Friday night.
Yep, an epic few days ahead and I’m sure that I will return absolutely knackered…but I’m really looking forward to it!
It strange to think that it was just 8 years ago that I thought I would not be still around down here to even attempt something like this. Thank you God!
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.