John says that I’m going to give my testimony I would just put your minds at rest that I’m not going to go on speaking about the whole of my life. John Helier this morning referred to the importance of thin places. And he also made reference to the previous church that was here which was so much part of my life and my family and Audrey as well and in many places became a very thin place. And it was there 70 years ago, when I was about 10 – thank you – when I first made my first commitment to Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I’d gone to church with my father because he was one of the stewards here and being a dutiful son I used to go every Sunday morning to church with him, and afterwards he told me that the service has begun in rather a different way because he was ready as you used to, to put the hymns up on the hymn board and the man who came in said you can put that away we’re not going to have it we’re going to have family favourites this morning. So you see things happen even then 70 years ago like that. He wasn’t in fact the set preacher for which in fact I was a little glad because that man who was due to come here was one Silus Sands. I don’t know if anybody ever remembers Silus Sands because he preached in the circuit but he was from Hextable where he was a nurseryman.
I must admit I didn’t look forward to what I thought was going to be a very dull service. And so he sent someone along instead of him, actually the principal of the Horticultural College in Hextable. I can’t remember anything that he said. There were only about 14 or 15 people then because things were very different. The evening service was the main service and the morning service you got many many fewer and so there weren’t many people there. And afterwards I waited with my father as he no doubt finished all the things that had to be done in the way of being a church steward and this man came up to me and he was talking and he asked me whether I had committed my life to Jesus and I said I didn’t really know and he said do you want to know. And I said “Yes” I can’t really remember what he said. I don’t really remember a great deal about it all in a way but I am sure that he prayed with me. I signed a card saying that on that day I had committed my life to Jesus as my Lord my saviour. There’d be many more times through my life when that has happened many of them associated with the church here. The church family here. The people of God, and I thank God for them. As I thank God that I am able to be here today to share in what God is doing. My prayer is that this will continue to be a thin place where people meet with God. Thank you.