URC Big Day Out, Southport

Saturday was the United Reformed Church's Big Day at Southport. 

We left early and it was sunshine all the way down the M6

We left early and it was sunshine all the way down the M6

Spotted a hot air balloon on the way.

Spotted a hot air balloon on the way.

What a lovely view to unpack the van at. 

What a lovely view to unpack the van at. 

Nice this way too. 

Nice this way too. 

We'd nice neighbours from The Christian Guild hotel and although I didn't take a photo, we had Thornleigh Christian Hotel in Grange over Sands to our left. Hope you all enjoyed the day. 

We'd nice neighbours from The Christian Guild hotel and although I didn't take a photo, we had Thornleigh Christian Hotel in Grange over Sands to our left. Hope you all enjoyed the day. 

Nearby were the Student Christian Movement and Church Action on Poverty.

Nearby were the Student Christian Movement and Church Action on Poverty.

We'd lot of visitors at our stand.

We'd lot of visitors at our stand.

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The Christian Guild had visitors too. 

The Christian Guild had visitors too. 

On our way home again, through the Lake District.

On our way home again, through the Lake District.

Thanks to all at #URC who made the day so enjoyable. 

Thanks to all at #URC who made the day so enjoyable. 

Holy Socks at CRE

With CRE 2017 just a few months away, I've been looking at some of the photos from CRE's gone by.

The first venture of Holy Socks to The Christian Resources Exhibition was in October 2002 in Edinburgh.  

There are several things that make any exhibition for me. The people who visit the Holy Socks stand, their reaction to and comments on Holy Socks.  It's always great to chat with people, who are now old friends. My abiding memory of that first event was of the many and diverse areas God calls his followers to serve in.  I had never heard of Send a Cow. but loved it at first sight and hearing.  It made me, then and still, want to bring everyone (particularly those who had no knowledge of God) and show them what God was up to. 

It was two years and four months since Holy Socks had started their walk. We didn't have many designs but our best seller was Daniel and the Lions. 

I was helped by Jane Mackichan who had been my tutor on The Life of Prayer course which I had completed through the Scottish Churches Open College. Sadly I didn't take so many pictures in those days and don't have any of the stand - or Jane. 

Someone took a photo of the then Bishop of Edinburgh who opened the exhibition and then visited our stand.  

We were also mentioned in The Scotsman article: http://www.scotsman.com/news/clothes-cross-line-between-faith-and-fashions-1-860697

It's sometimes difficult to make the time to go round the exhibition and see all that's on offer, but it's so worthwhile and so useful to find out what God has got His followers involved in.  In 2002, I hadn't a clue what God had planned for Holy Socks!

Carpenter at work

The Holy Socks Carpenter has been busy again and produced a lovely stand. 

What will we put on it?

Some of our Glory Golf Balls .....

and some Biblical Brollies.

All set and ready to go to @CREonline in October.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Holy Socks @ SPRF

Holy Socks is a member of the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum and we went along to Govan Old Church for the spring meeting on April 27th. 

We were introduced to ‘Saints and Stones – the Christian legacy of Govan Old’ by Alan Macquarrie – author and Council member, Friends of Govan Old.  

We were also updated on the development of pilgrim routes the length and breadth of Scotland, from Orkney to Whithorn and Iona to St. Andrews and most points in between. 

Find out more about pilgrimage in Scotland from the SPRF site.

Thanks to Julia Muir Watt (Whithorn Way) and Sarah Kettles (Fife Pilgrim Way) for the photos.

And speaking of Rallying with Holy Socks .....

here are some photos of the car, driver Jock Armstrong and co-driver Paula Swinscoe.