As promised, let me tell you a little about the amazing Sunday morning service at Ignite Church in Lincoln.
Yes it was a bit of a shock to arrive at a church and the leader to inform me that before each service a bouncy castle is inflated next to the staging area (not far from the strobe and coloured flashing lights) but hey, this is Ignite Church so nothing was going to surprise me!
On the Saturday I had made friends with some of the lovely children so when I arrived on the Sunday they ran up to me and wanted to sit with me and chat. Fantastic.
As the service began the bouncy castle was deflated but praise God the children weren’t as they seemed excited about the service to follow.
Leader Darren informed the smokers where to go if they needed a ciggie then after introducing me, suddenly remembered he’d forgotten to pick someone up so ran out the door shouting I’ll be back soon!
The service was fantastic.
Yep, I did enjoy the holy chaotic time at Ignite because I knew that Jesus was in the midst!
This church has built a community within a community comprised of a very different group of people who dare I say would have problems fitting in with any other church I have visited however lively or traditional.
Darren is an out and out evangelist and being used mightily by God. Please do pray for him and the other leaders at Ignite church.
They have already said they would like me to return and it would be a pleasure…but next time I will know what to expect..I think!
This Sunday I’m preaching at Chichester Cathedral…with no bouncy castle!
As I’ve told you before, every week is different for me and Its such a joy worshipping God in the extreme variety of places I visit and none is better than another!
I’ve got the best job on earth!
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!
With new friends joining my little Facebook friends group daily, it’s time for Januarys latest diary updates.
But whilst informing you of visits already booked…
Would the Church you attend like Ishmael to visit them and do a real ‘all age praise party’ where everyone can have fun as they learn more about Jesus and the Bible through Ish’s simple songs?
Or would the Church you attend like Ish to do a REAL all age Sunday service when young and old can stay together for a full 75 minutes and all enjoy worshipping and learning together as one big family?
Or maybe the Church you attend would prefer for Ish to do his ‘big celebration concert’ where he tells how he became a Christian and also shares a bit about his exciting 50 years of ministry whilst interspersing the stories with lots and lots of the favourite songs that he has written over the years?
Or maybe, sadly, the Church you attend has a lot of people who are going through really difficult times where his ‘when the road is rough and steep’ seminar / concert may be more appropriate where he talks and sings about his time facing cancer and trying to deal with bereavement?
Might any of the above add a little sparkle and add a little something that might bless the Church that you attend this coming year?
If the answer is a definite no thanks…hey, Ish will quite understand!
But if the answer is yes or maybe, please messenger Ish or drop him an e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will give you more info about any of the above.
The only dates he can’t be with you…are the ones listed below!
Jan 11th Chichester training day / 12th Swindon / 19th Portsmouth / 26th Barnehurst
Feb 1st-2nd Lincoln / 9th Chichester Cathedral / 15th Newport / 16th South Wales
March 7th Wincanton
April 8th Spring Harvest Minehead
May 16th-17th Guernsey / 23rd Forest of Dean / 29th-June 5th Relaxing break.
June 13th-14th Birchington / 21st Chiddingfold / 27th-28th Lymm
July 5th Foots Cray
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Although it’s always a thrill to be invited to new places and make new friends, it is almost a greater thrill to be invited back somewhere for a return visit.
I think whatever Christian ministry you have, when you visit a place to minister then never hear from the Church again, the human side of you thinks…did I blow it? Did I do / say something wrong? Did those I ministered too really not like me, because I thought we got on so well.
Of course it was (hopefully) none of those and we are just being over sensitive but in Scripture even the Apostle Paul seemed to enjoy an on going relationship with the Churches he visited not just a one off hit.
Why am I saying this?Well I’m thrilled to announce that the booking I was asking you to help me to find when I revisit South Wales on February 15th has been kindly taken up by a Church I visited on February 9th earlier this year, Lliswerry Baptist Church in Newport. I will be doing an all age praise party concert with them. More details to follow.
Of course I am really looking forward to doing the praise party but believe it or not I’m even more looking forward to catching up with my Lliswerry friends that I made earlier this year.
So anymore revisits to renew friendships made, are always welcomed!