Following our November Executive meeting I preached at Kings Road Chapel, Rushall, Walsall and in the evening at Kingshurst Evangelical Church (the church that hosts our Exec meetings) I also gave a presentation of the ministry of CMA at both churches. Kingshurst Church requested a few Biker Bibles to reach out to local bikers. I have obtained a Russian Biker Bible for a contact via Kings Road Chapel.
I have been working on a new batch of CMA promotional posters and ‘Introducing CMA’ leaflets for local branches. Now printed and available.
I was invited to preach the Gospel to an over 60’s luncheon club at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle in Cleveland, many of those present have a motorcycling background and two fathers have lost sons who were bikers. The message was well received.
I attended the fellowship weekend organised in Arbroath by Amy of the Forth and Tay branch, we had a good turn out and everyone was encouraged. I gave some training and preached on Sunday morning. We met many local Christians some of them bikers at a Christmas fair held at the Centre.
We organised a Christmas Party for the NE Branch and Tyne and Wear Twig, 40 attended it was a great success with a Bike Racing/Christmas quiz, someone asked if I could use the same questions next year!
I organised the CMA NE Regional Day at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, 38 attended from the NE branch, Tyne and Wear Twig, West Yorkshire and two strays from East Mids. Andy Hogan brought the Merchandise. Sandy and I led training on sharing your testimony, Ian and Colin (East Mids) spoke about the benefits of a three year vision. As usual there was a lot of cake. It was a very positive time together.
I had a lunch meeting with Pete Walker from MAG organiser of The Farmyard Party Rally and numerous others. It was a productive meeting discussing the practicalities of CMA’s involvement at the rally.
Due to bad weather we cancelled the January Exec meeting in Birmingham, and held a skype meeting instead.
I visited the Norwich Branch and gave some training on ‘Looking beyond the outward appearance of those we are trying to reach’. The meeting was a great time of fellowship and received well, we closed with prayer.
Whilst in Norfolk I also attended the funeral of Terry and Jan Riddle’s daughter Jo, Terry was the Chairman of East Mids prior to his death two years ago. Jan was very grateful for me representing CMA.
Following the sudden death of Roy O’Hara in Cheshire I was asked by his wife Tina to preach the Gospel at his funeral. Approximately 300+ attended with many CMA members on bikes and friends from the God Squad. It was a great celebration of his life and evident he made a huge impact on many lives.
I had a meeting with the National Rally band in Scarborough, plans are going well, I am working on the booking form now.
The National Executive had another annual residential weekend based at the World Horizons Headquarters in Llanelli, South Wales. We are grateful to them for the opportunity to spend more time together and discuss the way ahead and to meet with WH staff. The weekend is always free of charge to express their appreciation of our partnership in mission. I was invited to speak at the local Apostolic Church on Sunday morning and lead communion – a great privilege, a number of the WH staff attend there.
Following the Llanelli weekend Sandy and I attended the South Wales Branch meeting, they have had a tough time following the sad loss of Debbie the Chairman and their close friend. We discussed a new approach to reach the local biking community, and gave challenges to address. I am excited to see the outcome.
I organised another Coach Trip to the Scottish Bike Show in Edinburgh for local NE bikers, we took 50 this year with a good turn out from the NE branch and Tyne and Wear Twig, I met up with numerous members of CMA in Scotland, God Squad and Tribe of Judah.