Friday, July 29, 2011


Infuse is one of several family camps that Elim hold around the country during the summer. Most people who attend Infuse come from churches around the Midlands and the South West. This year the venue was the Three Counties Showground in Malvern - a fabulous venue and just a few miles away from our International Offices.

For the first time in the history of Infuse the number of young people attending exceeded the number of adults. In a camp of this nature a huge amount of work in done by volunteers - those very special people in our Movement who give freely of their vacation to work in the kitchens and arrange stewarding etc.

Other speakers at the adult venue included Stuart Blount, Colin Dye, Simon Foster, Jason Heron Gordon Neale, Mark Pugh and Mark Ryan.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Merthyr Tydfil

The church building in Merthyr was built one hundred years ago and the centenary celebrations were held to commemorate that fact. Over the four nights of special services the speakers included Chris Cartwright, Geoff Feasey, Denis Phillips and myself.

The church was packed on the evening that I was there and visitors came from as far as St.Mellons, Swindon, Mountain Ash and Dowlais.

During the meeting pastor Jason Tugwell, pictured with his wife Lynn, paid tribute to all the ministers who had led the church from its earliest days. It was very evident that Jason and Lynn are as committed to their congregation as their people are to them.

MiT Conference

The Elim 'Ministers in Training Conference" is among my favourite three days of the calendar and the time when around a hundred of our leaders who are working towards ordination come to Malvern to hear speakers who we believe will sharpen and hone their leadership and ministry gift.

This year the speakers were Carol Alexander, Simon Foster, James Galloway, Maldwyn Jones, Mark Stibbe, Nigel Tween, Sarah Wittleston and myself.

There can be no better venue than the Elim International Centre situated on 32 acres of the Malvern Hills and the the content of input was equal to the mid-summer surroundings

I do not need a prophecy to tell me about the bright future of our Movement - the quality of the young, and sometimes not-so-young, leaders that are emerging says it all.