The theme of the service was ‘What if John came to the Triangle today’, and after the welcome by our own minister, Hillary Howarth, and she opened the service with hymn number 264 in Sing the Faith ‘Make way, make way’ and it was sung with gusto and enthusiasm.
We then welcomed our first guest John the Baptist! Not THE John the Baptist but our own Glen dressed as John the Baptist preparing the way for the Ministry of Our Lord, Jesus the Son of God. Glen played a fantastic part and the throwing of the balls was enjoyed by all.
We then had our Prayers and Lord’s Prayer led by Revd. Hilary and Olivia Kramer who was excellent, and she should be very proud of herself. The reading today was Mathew chapter 3 and verses 1 to 5 and was read so well by Couvin Musombwa, well done Couvin!
Our second hymn was number 167 in Sing the faith ‘Colours of the day’, and as with all the hymns the church band and Ann Massey did a sterling job, well done to you all! We then had a game of ‘Bushtucker trial’ the same as on the TV programme where the contestants must eat something which might be awful or nice and there’s no way of knowing, sorry Glen and Ben, it was just tough on both of you!
Then we sung the third hymn ‘This little light of mine’
We then had a video showing John Wesley and it was a preparation for the second visitor to our service who was on his way on horseback!
To bring us back to worship we sang hymn number 364 in Sing the Faith ‘O for a thousand tongues to sing’, a favourite of mine and a true Methodist hymn sung by many and with continue to be so, it’s very inspiring and the words fit the service so well.
We then had Hilary telling us all who her hero was, and she said there were table tennis balls in some seat back pockets which we had to throw at John Wesley who came into our church and we offered him our ‘John Wesley’ chair from the upper room at church, of course it was Glen again and he was well and truly shot at by the children with the table tennis balls!
There were some facts about John Wesley in some of the chairs and Hilary invited some children to come up and say the facts, I forgot to say the questions were disguised as stones, of course, to be thrown at him but only after they were read out and if any needed explain Hilary explained them with some help from; John Wesley’!
Glen as John Wesley told us all that the gospel was real and it isn’t historical but it’s here and now and as a parting word told us to ‘Just do it’, don’t just talk the Gospel but do it. Jesus is the hero of us all and we mustn’t forget that he preached for us, he died for us and he lives on and will welcome Christians into the life everlasting.
Following this, we had prayers of intercession led by Chloe, and the offering was then collected while Glen sang for us ‘Everlasting’ accompanied by the guitar played by himself. So, in one day he has been John the Baptist, John Wesley and a troubadour.
To close the service, we sang number 770 in Sing the faith ‘Go Forth and Tell’ and then we had the blessing and we ended the service feeling very much honoured to have been here and of course \Hilary and Glen were the true evangelists of the service and anyone who was here would leave touched by God and in the words Glen/John Wesley…. Just do it!