Anna had a very frightening experience the other night on Crewe station . She was waiting for the train to Liverpool when suddenly this man came up behind her and grabbed her . She screamed or rather she prayed at the top of her voice "Help me Lord" and then from nowhere two coppers ,one in plain clothes and one in uniform appeared and grappled the attacker to the ground ! They then carted him off leaving Anna in the hands of a female police officer who proceeded to tell her that this man was wanted . He had a committed many crimes and was a known rapist ! How frightening is that !!!
Anyway she is fine now if a little traumatised by the whole experience and I have vowed now to take all my girls along to some self defence classes ....
Just shows you though that sometimes answers to prayer are instant ...He keeps us you know ..
As a church we were given the opportunity to hold carol services at seven different venues over the festive season . The biggest of which was last Sunday in the Stanier hall in Wem . Approx 350 people turned out, which was marvelous . Church today was also packed to the gunnels , praying that what was heard will not be forgotten ...Here is a photo of a few of us singing outside Wem's Co-Op last Saturday
just thought I would stop by and wish everyone a happy Christmas . I have been busy over the last few days ..full report with pics to follow . Today however I am piling on the fat with the Christmas food ...and lots of it :-0.Apparently on an average Christmas day in the Western world we consume over 6000 calories ,more than three times our limit !!
First I had the man flu and now Gill . She however has suffered more than I did ... cough ,cough ,cough ... and poor old me has been confined to the sofa bed for the last four nights .. and she won't even let me rub the Vicks on her chest :-)
Last night we held our Annual Wem Baptist Christmas meal at the Hawkstone Hotel . 99 guest enjoyed a sumptuous meal followed by an after dinner evangelistic address by Will Loescher of WalsallIndependant Evangelical Church .
Great night , especially given the fact that I enjoyed my first mince pie of the season ;-)
The morning started with " Thought for the Day " at Adams school . Year 11 , always a challenge :-).
In the afternoon I led and spoke at my first Carol service of the season at a nursing home in Ellesmere . A team of 10 folk from the church went along to sing and speak of the Saviour .
I met an old chap who's as blind as a bat and yet he was able to sing all of the carols word for word . Turns out he was a vicars son as well as being a Master at Ellesmere College , having taught and led many choirs in his long life .
It's great to meet these characters. People once so active in society now living often lonely isolated existences in care . If you get a chance to go into your local nursing home this Christmas then go ...it will brighten up their lives .
In the evening Tee, Beth , Laura and myself went along to Anfield to watch the greatest team in the land only manage a 0-0 draw with West Ham . It was Laura's and Beths first experience of a packed Anfield ..and they loved . As did i . You never tire of singing the greatest Anthem in the world . " You'll Never Walk Alone" ..sadly I forgot my camera, so no pics ..
Great night on Saturday . Our schools team got together for a festive meal . It was a great night , lots of laughs ..I can't believe how badly behaved some people are ;-)
The schools work in Wem and the surrounding villages is a real blessing to us as a team and as a church . Currently we go into 18 schools within a 15 mile radius of Wem and are hoping to expand even more in the future ... A great team ..All for His glory .
On Saturday I went out to the pictures with Will my old mate from Wheelock Heath Baptist Church and with Jacob ( Danny & Julie's lad ) . Madagascar 2 was the film . It was superb. Good clean fun . We treated ourselves to a few Big Mac's afterwards ..which was not so good :-)
Katie was fully occupied last week with her starring role in " The Laundry Girls" ...a production put on by the Wem Amateur Dramatic Society ...she was brilliant ..but I don't have any pics because we were not allowed :-(...We also went along to her GCSE certificate night at Thomas Adams ..another proud moment in the Whiteway household .