Friday November 23rd

Sadly my visit to Stoke on Friday November 23rd has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

However, I will still be in the area as I am in Crewe the day before and Shrewsbury the day after.

This means that I will have an evening free on the Friday.

If you worship anywhere near Stoke (within roughly 25 miles) I would love to pop into your Church and spend an hour or two with you on the Friday?

Obviously at such short notice I’m not expecting large crowds and it may only be your congregation that attend but that is fine.
There will be no cost but I just ask that an offering can be made on the night to help with the expenses.

Time is of the essence so if you are interested please can you e mail me straight away…I promise you a fun and very special night!

e.mail ishmael@ishmael.org.uk

PS. If you have friends or contacts in the area who may not see this post, please can you let them know about it for me. Thanks.


Trouble with the diary

At the moment having a bit of trouble updating the website diary so here are the next few engagements.

Saturday November 3rd Scripture Song Concert at St Thomas a Becket Church in Ramsey.7.00pm start.
Sunday November 4th All Age Service 10.30am in the same Church.

Friday November 9th Scripture Song Concert at Felpham Methodist Church 7.00pm start.
Saturday November 10th Praise Party 6.00pm followed by a Scripture Song Concert 7.30pm at Holy Saviour Church in Bitterne.

Thursday November 22nd Praise Party 6.00pm followed by a ‘Sting in the Tale’ Concert at 7.30pm in New Life Church in Crewe.
Friday November 23rd Praise Party 5.30pm followed by the Scripture Song Concert at 7.30pm in Longton Central Hall in Stoke on Trent.
Saturday November 24th Praise Party 3.00pm followed by Scripture Song Concert at 6.30pm in Holy Trinity Church Belle View, Shrewsbury.
Sunday November 25th All Age Service at the same Church 10.30am (I think) but best check with the Church.


2019 Concerts

Still carefully and prayerfully thinking about and planning my concerts for next year.

Obviously the ‘Scripture Song’ concert is a cert and after August (when I reach 70) the ‘Big Celebration’ concert will come into action.

But then I was thinking about the ‘Sting in the Tale’ testimony concert which I’ve done dozens of times around the country and has been so appreciated and also the ‘Glorie Days’ concert which really never took off!
It’s a shame because I believe the ‘Glorie Days’ concert has some of the most amazing faith building stories, and some of the best songs I think I have written…and without doubt were probably some of my happiest days in ministry!

So I have had an idea.

Starting next year I’m going to combine ‘Sting in the Tale’ and ‘Glorie Days’ and make them into one concert called ‘The History of Ishmael.’

I’ll keep it at 90 minutes long but I will select the best stories and songs from each concert and make it older child friendly and of course fun!

So 3 concerts will be available (for all ages to enjoy) and each Church can choose which they prefer and which would most suit their situation.

Sounds like a plan!


The last concert

I’ve decided that ‘The Big Celebration’ concert which celebrates my 50 years on the road and 70 years on the earth and begins next year will be the last concert that I will be planning.

This will be a unique concert compared to the other 3 as all the songs will be ‘sing-a-long praise songs and there will not be a ‘fixed set’ I will be swapping songs and stories around so no concert will be exactly the same.

I will still be travelling with the ‘Scripture Song’ concert (the learning the Bible concert). The ‘Glorie Day’s’ concert (songs and stories from my 35 years in children’s ministry) And the ‘Sting in the tale’ concert (my testimony and life story concert with songs to fit). And of course still be doing children’s Praise Parties and all age services.

Organisers will have the choice of which concert they would like to host in their Church and all I promise are ‘typical Ish’ interactive, informal…and fun!

I’ve no date as yet when I plan to stop touring so as long as people would like to visit them and of course as long as I am both physically and mentally able to, I will still continue to be ‘on the road for Jesus!’

I love it!


Bradford trip.

Before I take a Sunday service I usually meet up with the local Church to pray and often someone prays ‘and Lord if you want to do something different we are ready to change things to fit in with Your plan.’

Although I say ‘amen’ I am secretly praying ‘Lord please don’t change anything, it took me ages to prepare this sermon (with your help) and the order of service and all the songs are loaded into the Churches computer and it will really confuse the tech guy if I suddenly make a lot of changes.’

Yesterday morning in Bradford, I knew that very few children attended the Church so I’d prepared an appropriate set of songs and talk on the creation to suit the adults attending.

All was going well until a few minutes before I was about to start. It was then that car loads of children came rushing in and sat in the front row…they now outnumbered the adults!

So the songs suddenly had to change and my ‘very well prepared’ creation talk got heavily edited as I then had to attempt to ‘run it into’ the parable of the sower which had pictures for the children.

Needless to say we had a great time, the tech guys were great and all seemed to appreciate the service…although I was worn out at the end having to think / pray on my feet about what to do next for an hour!

Thank you Lord for helping me through it but maybe next week, we could stick to what we both planned before hand?