The day of the Gibson Street Gala just has to be my favourite day of ministry of the year. That's for all sorts of reasons - the amazing team that makes it happen, both in the community and from St Silas; the wonderful variety of people we get to meet, serve and pray with; the family-friendly nature of the whole event. I think people are surprised that we offer free hospitality - the vision is one of "The Generosity of God". Our hope is that people will be intrigued enough to come back and find out some more.
I'd been in Prestwick taking the service in the morning, so was a bit late in arriving (sorry to all those who missed me leading from the front - to explain: the bishop has asked me to care for the good people down there while they seek a new rector. Last Sunday was the only Sunday I could make it this month. I've had a long and fruitful friendship with the church and feel a little responsible for them!). However, when I did arrive, I managed to get wet at the "Sponge the Vicar" stall. The queue for this seemed endless, but I was heartened that none of the adult members of St Silas' took shots at me. I loved that our friends from Ruchill took over at the end of the day and relished getting absolutely soaked. I enjoyed much conversation with many people throughout the day, and marvelled at the number of people (several thousand!) in the building.
Well done and thank you to the team who welcomed, served, listened, fetched, carried, prayed, painted faces, played music, baked and loved! You are all stars. If you weren't there, dare I suggest you missed out on something special?
Now to get ready for next year.........