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!
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.
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.