Yep, that was the sleepy blondish koala this morning with some serious bedhead going on. Actually it was probably partly ‘beach head’ from yesterday! Can I hear a ‘Hallelujah‘ for Bank Holiday Mondays that coincide with school holiday Mondays? (Amen.)
It’s actually the first time I’ve ever had a Bank Holiday Monday that has been a school holiday with no religious festival theme to it (ie Christmas and Easter). Late Saturday night, my friend and I drove up to Aberdeen and stayed in a hotel. We arrived just before 1 a.m. – and because he knew the staff we discovered they’d left out some cool stuff in our rooms!
For some reason we thought it would be a good idea to watch a movie, and finding that there were no good movies on TV at 1 a.m. we resorted to watching Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live from 2012. And went to bed at 2.30 a.m.
And got up at 7.30 a.m. (at least I did).
Being in Aberdeen over a weekend is rare for me, and it had been a few years since I’d been able to visit my old church there. For me, City Church Aberdeen is a spiritual home. I went there for the first time the weekend I ‘became’ a Christian, and the folks there stuck by me through some pretty tumultuous times. I was baptised there in 2003, I was part of the worship team, learned how to sing harmonies, lead and wrote songs with my friends there amongst many other things. A lot of the friends I had there have since moved on for various reasons and scattered all over the world now, but some remain in the ‘deen and are still part of the church. The church has grown hugely since I left – they do things differently which is great. And so the opportunity to go check it out and hopefully see some old friends was too good to miss! We headed to the 11 a.m. service which weirdly was held in a school I worked at as part of my first Comm Ed job aged 19. We were even in the same room where I held the workshops we did on Thursday lunchtimes! They also now have a church plant in the community centre where I worked full-time after I graduated uni. It’s a bit freaky.
Of course the afternoon was spent at the beach. Some surfed, some just picnicked in the sun, some of us got ice cream, some of us skated, and others went to A&E. Before you ask, it wasn’t a sporting injury. One of my friends somehow managed to sprain his thumb while sitting down on a picnic blanket. I think I’ve been a bad influence on him – it usually me injuring myself doing everyday things like that!
One of our new surfer friends invited us for a cup of tea, before a bunch of us returned to City Church again for their evening service lured by the promise of their toastie bar. There more friends there, and the surprise of one of the girls I knew from doing youth ministry at a church in Edinburgh being in the worship band that evening! I forgot to mention that in the morning, I met 3 of the ‘yoof’ (all now grown up students living in Aberdeen) I had gotten to know from helping out at Youth Weekends, singing at Powerpoint and being part of the Youth mentoring and Youth prayer ministry team at MBC (now Central). It was lovely to see them all settled into Aberdeen life and it was encouraging to see they’d found a ‘home’ at the church that had been my home as a student. You always hope when youth ‘graduate’ to work or being students that they’ll find church homes in the places they go.
And so we returned, arriving back in Edinburgh exhausted, but encouraged. A little sunkissed and with achy muscles from boarding all afternoon in one way or another.
Once again, I climbed into bed well after Midnight so glad for the awesome road trip we’d taken.
Campfire song of the weekend? Without a shadow of a doubt, it was ‘Alice the Camel‘ which the Mini Kahuna now knows very well. He likes to decide how many humps Alice is going to have, and his favourite number is ‘no humps’ so he can sing/shout ‘because Alice is a LORSE!’ (that’s ‘horse’ to those of you who don’t speak Mini Kahuna lingo).
Look out for more photos of our Sunday on the Soul Surfers blog soon…