Churches Together – Drumming at Gower Show

August 11, 2014

There was a lot of activity taking place with this year’s Churches Together Gower Show presence. The day began with a short service in the tent followed by a briefing for the new chaplaincy team that would be very much in evident on the field that day. Coached by Richard Kirlew and Chris Coe from the RWAS our mixed team of lay and clerics went out and about talking with visitors and exhibitors and having many interesting and fruitful conversations. A rewarding experience that we will build upon next year and in the years to come. As well as the usual games such as Splat the Malteaser and a collage showing a field of poppies the lamplighter shop was there with its selection of gifts and there were refreshments for those people who just wanted to ‘chill out’ for while. The star of the day however was the ‘Bongo Shack’ a Christian Ministry that uses rhythm and music to bring Jesus alive to all ages. the tent was filled with drumming and singing and throughout the day a steady stream of visitors young and old alike came to the tent and enjoyed what they discovered there. During the day filming for the 2020 Vision film was underway with Canon Joe Griffin being interviewed as well as a cross section of clergy from Gower and beyond. The evening worship led by the Salvation Army band reflected the commemoration of World War One and people were challenged to take away a replica WWI pocket gospel of St John and give it to a non-Christian friend both as a memento of the events of 1914-1918 and a very readable ‘way in’ to the Good News of Jesus. For Cswananon Joe this was his last Gower Show as Vicar of S.W. Gower before his retirement on March 1st next year and it was fitting that he pronounced the final blessing of the day. Good numbers and good singing sent us home feeling we had moved the Kingdom of God a little further on in this corner of the Diocese. Rev Peter Brooks Acting Area Dean You can see some more photos from this event in our photo gallery here.