August 2016

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We often take a few weeks off in winter, mostly so that we don’t have to do our usual 5am Sunday morning starts in the ice cold! But this year we decided to fight through it, and I’m so glad we did. We’d have missed out on some memorable times if we’d slept instead.

June and July flew by, and we stopped off in Primrose, Kempton Park, Bryanston, Alberton and Heidelberg. We also started working on a new album, which is super exciting.



First: Primrose Methodist on 12 June. This was our first visit to this church – my only recollection of it was how they got into trouble for providing refuge for the persecuted during the xenophobic attacks a few years back. We were very excited to be sharing our songs, and so up we got with our gloves and scarves and beanies, and drove through.

Now, often when we are waiting for the early service to start, we notice that the congregation is a bit short on youth. And we always seem to be saying to each other “should we quieten the set down a bit? Take out some of the loud songs? Dial the distortion back a little?” And each time we come to the same conclusion: nope. We will be sensitive to the congregation of course, but we will play the songs as they were written, and trust God on the rest.

And it always works. It’s always the oldest person in the congregation who starts clapping along or pulling out the dance moves in praise as we rock n roll through “Rock of Ages“. At Primrose it was an old man, cane and all, who came up to us after with tears in his eyes saying how the music touched him. It’s moments like these that we do this for.

The “Never Again” talk was powerful as always, and we left in high spirits, just in awe of how God uses simple guys like the four of us.



July started slowly; I was on leave for a few days, and Shereen and I had a fantastic holiday at the Sycamore Tree Houses (highly recommended!).

Then we were back at my home church, Heidelberg Methodist. I lead worship here twice a month in the evenings, and it was great to have the whole band back to share some songs. We played the songs off our “A New Beginning” album – songs that we never really got to play much when Walking With the King and Rock of Ages took off. So it was really great to get to play these songs; deep songs, some of our most meaningful and intimate moments, as well as some of our hardest rocking moments.


The week after we were back at Alberton Methodist, where we’d never actually played in the church – only at the men’s breakfast and at Amcare events. So we were very excited to be sharing our songs with both morning congregations, and we made our way through our Walking With the King set, watching God work.

As always, Hammer No More knocked everyone flat. That song! We are so grateful to Doug Ray for writing it in the first place.

I had noticed an elderly lady walk in and sit in the front row just before the service began. Gosh I thought, I hope it’s not too loud for her. A little while later, during “Lord Above All“, I looked up and saw tears just streaming down her face. Afterwards she told us that her brother’s funeral had been the day before, and she had been feeling quite downcast. But the music just lifted her spirits so much! I realized why her tears had come at the moment we sang the words “death has no say, the grave is empty, Jesus the Saviour has won!”. Wow.

Once again – it’s moments like these that we live for. God just touching people as we sing simple songs about Him.


Emergency Service Chapaincy

We closed out the month with a fantastic day at Bryanston Methodist Church for the Emergency Services Chaplaincy of South Africa 20 year celebration. What an honour it was to lead these servants in worship. Now we usually play our own songs wherever we go – but this time we were there to lead worship, and so we did some Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman etc classic worship songs that the church knows so well. Powerful – such powerful stuff. The Spirit was so close, tangible even, after worship. God is so good, so real!

A big thanks to our friend Rodney Berry for thinking of us for this event – we’re excited to be part of more EMCSA events going forward.


New album

Walking With the King is almost 2 years old, believe it or not. We released it in the second half of 2014. We did the Christmas album last year, but it feels like time to start on some new things!

And so we’ve started working on some new songs, original stuff Rich and I have written of course. And suddenly we have about 7 songs – and a theme is coming out, and a new album is being formed. Excitement!

We’re hoping to start recording later this year, and having the album out in 2017. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details!



A lot of you have been asking about our USA trip which was meant to happen now in September. Well things have changed a bit – turns out we’re now going in March/April 2017. We’ll have some more time to prepare and a few more events/churches to play at when we’re over there, so we don’t mind the delay. God’s timing, as you know, is always perfect.


Thank you all for your support and encouragement – be blessed and go live for Him today!



Jun 102016

There are a LOT of churches in Gauteng.

It was 2010 when we left our home church, Trinity Sunward Park, and began traveling around from church to church. And we’ve been so busy doing that that we hadn’t even left the province during the first 6 years of our ministry.

Until May 2016!

We had the great joy of ministering at Bethlehem Methodist Church on the 8th of May. What a fantastic weekend we had, starting with a road trip in the two Chev bakkies on Saturday morning. Both were packed to the brim, and off we went, praising and chatting all the way. I’m not gonna say who got there first, I will leave that up to your imagination!

Arriving in the early afternoon, we met Rev Cecil Rhodes and set up all our equipment, finishing just in time to dash off to Clarens and catch the Sharks beat the Hurricanes 32-15. Then we breezed around Clarens for a while, learning a lot about the art in the galleries from our own Richard Pratt, who is not only a guitar whizz but also a talented artist.

Then off the beaten track we went, to a wonderful farmhouse out about 15km off that Clarens road, and were treated to a good old South African braai with Cecil and some congregation members. Great food, great conversation, great company. This is what life is about! We were blessed out of our socks, and when we shuffled off to bed late in the evening our tummies and our hearts were full.

And so came Sunday, and after a slow start (nobody really felt like leaving their comfy beds) we arrived back in Bethlehem for the service. And what a time of worship we had. We sang some songs from our Rock of Ages album and the congregation soaked it in – there were tears, there was laughter, and we all met God in a special way. Here are some pics.


Cecil ended the service saying “This reminds me of a story… wise men coming from the East to Bethlehem, bearing gifts…” … clearly he didn’t know us too well yet!

And so the service ended and we packed up, had some lunch and headed back home. What a weekend. A huge thank you to Cecil and everyone else involved in hosting us. We were so blessed, and we can’t wait to come back and sing some songs with you again!



One week later we were a bit closer to home – at Brackenhurst Methodist Church. Another early and chilly morning, with us arriving around 6am to get set up before the first service.

This was a special day for us – both the 09:30 and 18:30 services were truly memorable, as the people sang along, danced during Sinner’s Blues, and as always were touched by the message in Never Again. We’re excited to be coming back later in the year to do some Christmas carols at Brackenhurst. Thanks to Faan and to the sound guys for making our day such a great one!

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On 29 May we were back at one of our favourite churches – Witfield Methodist Church. We’ve been there 3 times already, and this time we got to sing some songs from our A New Beginning album. We were very touched to be told by a congregation member that he feels this is our best album. It’s really the one we’ve played the least, and so we’re glad to know the songs are touching hearts and bringing people closer to Christ. Thanks Dawn for always being so welcoming and letting us do our thing!


Boksburg North Methodist

We’ve been to many churches over the years, but somehow we’ve missed a few that are right around the corner. Boksburg North was one such church, and so we were very glad to finally spend a Sunday there not only because it took us 5 minutes to get there and so we could sleep in a bit!

Rev Doug Wallace kindly opened up at 7am, and we did our usual set of songs from Rock of Ages, and the Never Again talk that so many of you have heard. It’s amazing to me how each time I do this talk it comes out a little differently – and I believe God uses that to touch different people in different ways. I was moved by a congregation member who told me afterward that the talk meant so much to her as an addict, knowing God’s love is STILL there. This is what we do this for. For people to know that God loves them and has a plan for them, no matter how far they’ve run. Praise be to Him.

Thanks Doug for the opportunity to minister at BNMC – it was good to share with fellow Boksburgers!13319917_1183193061698999_388734395295896554_n 13332768_1183192941699011_2017213999912735862_n 13332843_1183192881699017_5898233740179449300_n 13339467_1183192845032354_8826226527213629992_n 13315625_1183192725032366_6757829476896967340_n 13319988_1183193151698990_7392075382949875696_n 13330954_1183193195032319_9102517041737790828_n

We’ll be at Primrose Methodist on Sunday the 12th June, and Emseni on Sunday 19th June, and then things quieten down for a few weeks. We’ll be in touch soon, about July/August dates, and our US trip.

Be blessed people, and remember that you are cherished by the Almighty.


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