Hillingdon Baptist Church Weekend

Just arrived back from my Hillingdon Baptist weekend and wow, what a weekend it was!
The praise party and sting in the tale concert were very enjoyable and well attended and this mornings all age service was packed!

Reg the minister (who I have known for many years at Spring Harvest) and the whole congregation were so welcoming and friendly…They made me feel at home as soon as I arrived!

But I have to say what stands out in my mind was last nights sting in the tale concert.

Those that have seen it know itโ€™s very adult with a lot of chat (my testimony) and comparatively only a few songs.

I was a little worried when I saw some of the children who had been at the praise party taking their seats for the concert. The last thing I ever want to do is bore young children!

I need not have been worried though as they were as good as gold and listened intently for the full 100 or so minutes in fact one young lad enjoyed it more than anything else I did!

So….what do I know about what children appreciate!

Brilliant time. Thank you all at Hillingdon Baptist Church..hopefully see you again in less than 27 years time…which was roughly when I last visited you!


46 Years!

Today Irene and I are celebrating 46 years of love and marriage.

In the sad and difficult times we have always been together to love and support each other.

In the happy and fantastic times (which way outnumber the latter I’m glad to say) we have always been together to love, laugh and celebrate with each other.

The Lord was with us when He brought us together 46 years ago.
The Lord has been very much with us over the past 46 years.
And the Lord will continue to be with us until (eventually) we both go and be with Him…maybe in another 46 years time? ๐Ÿ™‚

Today we celebrate 46 years of loving each other…and even more years of loving the God who brought us together those many years ago.


A very busy and diverse 3 days!

I’ve just finished a busy, slightly tiring and very diverse 3 days!

On Saturday I was in Eastbourne with brother Timbo playing bass.

We started with a brilliant Praise Party that was attended by some very lively, excitable young children but also very well behaved. The minute I started telling them a Bible story they sat very still and you could hear a pin drop!

Then followed the ‘Glorie Days’ concert. I don’t think we have ever had an audience that participated so well…even though some did not know any of the songs!
A fantastic fun concert.

Then on the Sunday morning I preached in the Cathedral and my sermon could be summed with these words…
‘I believe that seekers need to know both the rewards AND the cost of following Christ before they start their Spiritual journey.’
The congregation seemed to appreciate it.

Then today, I’ve just conducted a funeral for an old friend and again the family were very grateful.

So very tired and ready for a few days rest and recovery… well, golf to be precise, it’s the same as resting for me…I find long sleeps and sitting around really boring!

And also it’s time to prepare for 4 concerts, 1 Praise Party and 2 rounds of golf in Lincolnshire next week with my old buddy Alan playing bass for me… at the concerts..not the golf I hasten to add!

Life at the mo is soooo good!
Thank you Lord!


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Latest Diary Dates

Just thought you might like the latest update on the planned concert visits so far this year…still room for a few more!

June
16th Eastbourne (Glorie Days & Praise Party)
26th North Hykeham (Sting in the Tale)
27th Lincoln (Glorie Days)
28th Kirton (Glorie Days)
29th Sleaford (Glorie Days & Praise Party)

July
10th Worthing Messy Church (Praise Party)

August
12th Impact Ministries International Camp Evesham.
(Teaching & Praise Party)

September
1st Hillingdon (Details later)
2nd Hillingdon (Details later)
12th Hook Norton (Sting in the Tale & Praise Party)
13th Rugby (Sting in the Tale & Praise Party)
14th Finedon (Glorie Day’s & Praise Party)
21st Littlehampton (Scripture Song Concert)
30th West Ewell (Details later)

October
12th OswaldTwistle (Glorie Days & Praise Party)
13th Bradford Glorie Days & Praise Party)
14th Bradford (All Age Service)
20th Chiddingfold (Scripture Song concert)
21st Chiddingfold (Special All Age Service)
27th Romford (Sting in the Tale Concert)
28th Romford (When the road is rough & steep seminar and Praise Party)

November
3rd Ramsey (Praise Party and Concert title TBA)
4th Ramsey (All Age Service)
9th Felpham (Scripture Song concert)
10th Bitterne (Sting in the Tale concert)
22nd Crewe (Concert Details later)
23rd Stoke on Trent (Praise Party & Scripture Song Concert)
24th Shrewsbury (Praise Party & Scripture Song Concert)
25th Shrewsbury (All Age Service)

December
2nd North Bersted (Scripture Song morning service concert)

If you are interested in hosting an ‘Ish thing’ in your Church whilst I am somewhere near your area please let me know.

e mail me at ishmael@ishmael.org.uk