In order to celebrate the last 40 years of the ministry we had a weekend of outdoor praise and worship. On Saturday (and for me this was the best bit) there was continuous praise and worship from 12.0 midday until 7.30 pm. Different worship bands/groups from surrounding churches took part so that this was a continuous event. From 7.30 pm until 9.0 pm there was a Celebration service and then from 9.0 pm until 10.0 pm more worship. During the afternoon people came and went and/or stayed and brought a picnic or bought a meal from the outside caterers that we brought in and just enjoyed themselves in an atmosphere of worship.
Sunday morning there was a service which included communion with folk from a number of local churches present and this was followed again by live worship from several groups until 3.0 pm. One of the difficulties in arranging an outdoor event in England is the unpredictability of the weather. I began the day in a teashirt, later followed by a blouse on top. As the day wore on I added a fleece waistcoat, then a fleece jacket and by evening a mac on top of all of that. Many people had more sense than me and brought a blanket. The weather fluctuated between getting burned by the sun to light rain to shivering.It was a great time though so come with me and I will take you around some of the grounds before everyone arrives.
Says it all
Says it all
This was for people who needed prayer
Looking out of the tent
I wish I had photographed inside the greenhouse as the flowers were beautiful
We are now in the Walled Kitchen Garden
This is ornamental, the others are in the wooded areas and larger