Friday, 16 September 2011

North East Tour

Richard, Alan and Pete
In July, CMM travelled way up to the North East of England for a weekend of events:

First, we visited Cotherstone, a small village near Barnard Castle, and home to Mike and Barbara, who are wonderful long-term supporters of Roger and Mary, and long-distance members of EBRG.  We went to the Methodist chapel in the village and led an afternoon and evening music in worship session with the people there.  Mike and Barbara had done their homework and a number of people came from far and wide.  It was a wonderful time, and we were really delighted with the way God was moving.  Ahead of the weekend we had spent some time waiting on God for words of knowledge and prophecies, and many of the word/pictures we had received were claimed and used.
Danny, Dave, and the tenors and basses

The church at Blyth filling up
On the Saturday we drove up to Blyth to the Methodist Church there.  It was great to see so many friends from previous visits.  Danny and Dave had done a wonderful organisation and choir training job, and the choir were really very good.  We had only taken a partial team up to Barnard Castle with us, and the rest joined us mid-morning.  We had with us Helen and Emily as Martha and Mary, Richard and Devon as Jesus and Lazarus, and Pete and Alan as the baddies.  We all really enjoyed lining up Richard, Alan and Pete next to each other - spot the difference!  There was a really good audience for the performance, and it was great to spend so much time sharing with the choir during the day.

The Sunderland choir
The choir in action
On the Sunday we travelled down to Ewesley Road Methodist in Sunderland to take the morning service and then rehearse and perform Two Sisters.  The morning service was great fun - Helen got all of the congregation jumping up and down for the children's song, and also singing through a block of praise.  Roger's sermon about the 'More than God' was much appreciated, and it was great to chat and pray with the congregation afterwards.  In the afternoon the choir arrived in their spectacularly colourful clothes, and we had a great rehearsal.  Val had done a great job with the choir, assisted by George.  Unfortunately Emily was ill in the rehearsal, which led to an interesing version of Mary played by Richard.  But thankfully she was much better in the evening.

We had a wonderful weekend, and even managed to get our lines just about right!  Thanks to all those involved.

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