I have just spent the most fantastic weekend in Banff. I take back all I've said about the Scots having short arms and long pockets. (I say this as a man from Yorkshire!) Rev. John Woodside and his friends made up three bands, ‘Beyond Boyndie’, ‘Whigmaleerie’ and the other being a combination of the two. A night of singing, excellent foot tapping music and dance and the opportunity to talk about the situation for some of the children in the Holy Land. The kindness and generosity of the folk that came to the concert and ceilidh was just amazing. £400 was raised for ACIC. All of this money will go directly to benefit children in crisis and will certainly make such a great difference. A huge thank you to John and Jan for their great hospitality and welcome, to all who were there last night, for their interest and generosity and also to all the fine musicians who gave of their time and who made it such a wonderful evening.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Friday, 21 March 2014
Monday, 17 March 2014
Yesterday, I visited Holy Cross Church, Fenham in Newcastle upon Tyne. My dear friend Rev. Gavin Wort and his congregation allowed me to talk with them about the situation of the children in the Holy Land. It was such a warm welcome and also great kindness from Holy Cross Toddler’s Group who raised £30 for the charity. Children helping their brothers and sisters in trouble.
Friday, 14 March 2014
Tomorrow, 15th March, is the third anniversary of the crisis in Syria. Three years of bloodshed, three years of indescribable suffering for Syrian children. Can we as a world not, just for once, put aside greed, the scramble for money, power and status and use at least some of that energy into bringing an end to the cruel suffering of these children.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Over the past few days I have talked with some of the most fantastic people about the new charity.
Last Thursday I had a very good evening talking with the Explorer Scouts at East Ord in Berwick upon Tweed. Such a bright, interesting and thoughtful group of young people.
On Saturday I went to Manchester to see some of the folk from St. Gabriel’s Church in Middleton – a great lunch and a good chat. They have, over the past six years, been a great support for the work with the children in the Holy Land.
Then on to see some friends in North Wales to the lovely town of Denbigh in the shadow of the beautiful Clwydian Hills. At St. Marcella’s Church I had the opportunity to say a few words about the new charity.
To be able to meet so many people who have a real interest and care for the children has been a great experience. Thank you to all I have had the privilege of meeting over the past few days.