From the beginning of November until the end of March I will now only be doing daytime events. Ie Sunday morning celebrations & Saturday daytime / matinee Praise Parties etc.
But from April until the end of October I will also be available for evening events as well.
Ish is now well enough and available to travel any distance to do any of the following.
1) When the road is rough and steep (Our Cancer Journey) Testimony Concert
Irene and I will be bringing ‘Our Cancer Journey’ book to life.’
Understandably there will be some serious bits, but it will not in any way be a ‘heavy/depressing’ time together and I promise some of the stories and songs will provide plenty of smiles. (Can you ever imagine a totally serious Ish event?)
Although we pray it will be a time of encouragement for any who may be suffering from or who have had cancer and those caring for them, we briefly cover all sorts of other ‘rough and steep’ issues like bereavement, disappointment, depression and prayer both answered and unanswered.
I decided to do this concert seated to make it more informal and to sing quite a few appropriate songs which enhance our testimony story and also allow our listeners to gently participate in singing with me if they so choose.
This testimony concert is suitable mainly for adults and will last approx 90 minutes.
‘When the road is rough and steep Testimony Concert’ people’s reviews
‘Although not suitable for children, it was an amazing testimony concert and people of all ages found it hugely helpful. It was so real and honest, and yet uplifting at the same time.’
I just wanted to say that Ish and Irene came and did this seminar at our church and it was a huge blessing to all that came. The evening combined songs, humour, honesty about the struggles we have, and a focus on the glorious hope that Christ brings to us. If you are wondering whether to have this event at your church, I really encourage you to do so, and am sure you will be just as blessed as we were!
Really enjoyed listening to you both. Inspirational, moving, and great fun. What ambassadors for Christ you both are.
I very much enjoyed the seminar. Very moving. I will enjoy reading your book “Our Cancer Journey”
2) Sunday All Age Service
Ish’s ‘rather special’ all age service will include a Bible reading, prayers, short Bible talks with a challenge often as song intro’s, and of course, a lot of singing and learning Scripture together. The service will last approx. 60-75 minutes and will obviously be fairly informal, lighthearted and fun so as to include any younger one’s present. It is a service that most adults and children will enjoy because there will be no long sermons, no long prayer times, easy to sing songs and a couple of well-known hymns.
But I promise you, the presence of the Lord will be with us…even if this service may be a little livelier than some are used to!
Please note. I can also adapt this service if you have few or no children attending and make it suitable for a more adult congregation.
3) The All Age Praise Party Concert
A great fun concert that is aimed at ALL ages. Nearly all the songs will require audience participation, mostly singing, but some songs will require a few actions where I will encourage the children and any ‘lively’ adults to get involved. Lots of Scripture learning songs, very little chat but in some song intro’s I will include short Bible stories / gentle thought provoking challenges. Amid all the craziness, of course the Christian message will gently come across loud and clear.
Because this will be REALLY for all ages, Grandparents to toddlers, the latest this concert should begin is 7.00pm as I want both the very old and the very young to stay awake until the end!
I’m afraid that I do not do a Praise Party in conjunction with a barbeque or meal as I have found that this does not work, although of course snacks and drinks afterwards are fine.
This Praise Party concert will last approx 75minutes.
A couple of suggestions.
We could do the “Our Cancer Journey Testimony Concert’ on a Saturday afternoon and follow it with an early evening All Age Praise Party Concert
Saturday & Sunday
We could do the “Our Cancer Journey Testimony Concert’ early on a Saturday evening and stay over to do an ‘All Age Celebration Concert’ on the Sunday morning.
They complement each other well.
4) If you would like me to do something different from the above, please do give me the details and I will let you know if it something that I would feel comfortable in doing.
Financial costs. Most things I do will be free entry to all guests unless the organisers prefer a different arrangement.
Please note. As I don’t receive any other income from the Cathedral, my Chaplaincy work etc. My ‘on the road ministry’ is my main form of income.
If possible I ask the Church / Organiser to contribute £150 for a day / evening to help cover our travel / accommodation expenses and then at an All Age Praise Party Concert to take up an offering to help support my ongoing ministry. I’ve discovered that people attending my events like to contribute towards they’ve enjoyed.
For weekends (Saturdays & Sunday mornings) I ask the Church / Organiser to contribute £250 to help cover expenses plus take up an offering at the Saturday event and add an additional ministry gift if the church can afford it, for the Sunday to help support my ongoing ministry.
The finances mentioned above cover everything including all travelling expenses and accommodation and are just suggestions. Lack of finance would never stop me from being with you.