Looking back over 2014

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The year began with an invitation for the Kingdom Family Dancers to dance right in the centre of Gloucester City on New Year’s Eve. We worshipped in dance under a sparkling blue and white canopy in the area known as The Cross. We concluded by kneeling in freezing conditions to pray for the City of Gloucester. Some passers by came and joined in the dancing as a police car slowly edged its way towards us, probably having seen us on CCTV footage and wondering what on earth was going on. However, they seemed to enjoy the spectacle and we were allowed to continue.

In April David and I were asked to go and lead Jewish dancing at a Passover Supper held in a large Anglican church in Gloucester. There were over 70 folk there and I thought maybe a few would get to their feet and have a go, but I was amazed when only one gentleman sat out because of a disability. It was a really joyful occasion.

In total contrast, on a boiling hot day in May, dancing friends from Swindon and Didcot came and joined us to take part in a Grand Village Fete in Thrupp on the outskirts of Stroud. It was to celebrate its 25th anniversary. We danced with the sun streaming down on us for half an hour.

In November, we joined with other members of the CDFB (Christian Dance Fellowship of Britain) South West Region for one of their Regional Days, led by Marie Bensley (Regional Co-ordinator) and Debby Ward. People came from across the region to take part in a wonderful day of dance at Thornbury Baptist Church. (NB I am the Stroud rep for the CDFB)

Last weekend we were part of an amazing Christian conference in London where many members of the Jewish community came from different countries to tell their stories. Rev Paul Wilbur, a Messianic worship leader, came from America to lead us and, for one day, David and I became part of the New Jerusalem Dancers led by Vera Chierico. Paul Wilbur’s name was well known to us as we have previously choreographed many of his songs from the Up to Zion CD and others. We could never have imagined that we would actually be dancing to his ‘live’ anointed worship leading and we thank Father that He made this possible. An experience never to be forgotten.

And so as we approach the season of light with the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah and the coming to earth of Yeshua/Jesus, Emmanuel – God with us – we shall be dancing to The Candle Song and We Celebrate Messiah on 21st and 24th December, at the Stroud Salvation Army and Chalford Baptist Church, respectively and dedicate ourselves to an amazing God who has made all this possible and who says in His word “Let them praise His Name with dancing.”

Carol
December 18th, 2014