Give us Airdrie

the photo

So I nearly forget how to do this, but the nationwide clamour has become too loud so here goes :-P

Following the excitement of the last trumpet last year, the Airdrie GO team reverted back to travelling by car this time round, with former Airdrie stalwarts Brian Lockington and Rob Currie doing the driving. In the buildup to the team, worries that it might not gel suffered a further blow with the withdrawal of J. McCollum who felt the need to spend the Easter break in the Orient, losing the opportunity to make it 4 years in a row and handing the consecutive appearances over to Steelo unchallenged.

Stephen Alexander - give that man a ladder
Give that man a ladder!

Once the team had arrived and it was explained to them that Steelo did not in fact live in Airdrie anymore (a common misconception, which is only going to get more confusing), we had tea, provided by Robert Alexander, and then, in a most unusual move, gave out leaflets on the first night. Me and James had the added reassurance of Jimmy F cruising about just in case there was any ‘trouble’! After the leaflets there was a quiz, including a controversial Bible round which saw the Irish schooled!

connor claire

young johnston
Young Johnston

alanna paul john duly rab lynsey
Alanna managed to do what Chris hasn’t for the past two years and get her application in on time. Though rumours that Chris has retired from GO teams as they couldn’t possibly get any better after ‘The Walker year’ are understandable

our team

david frame beth
David Frame, who looks nothing like the guy on the last page of the Mission brochure

debbie hayley caitlyn 10 star bev

We finished off the day with our opening Bible study and a prayer time.

On the Friday we were flat out doing leaflets during the day and then we did a Car Rally with the CY at night, which would be called a Treasure Hunt over here, but it would be fun to see the reaction of parents if we tried to take on such terminology!

church signs
Firstly we had to get the last banner up though!

stephen alexander car rally

rab's car
Rob’s car

John, me, Duly, Connor

carla burrell


On Saturday we gave out leaflets in the morning and for about an hour in the afternoon, followed by a (non-Edinburgh!) (non-Knodel!) Covenanter tour.

I was hoping that the 3 points you can apparently get for driving over one of these would put people off doing it

Jimmy had added a few interesting new places to the itinerary, such as this museum near Drumclog, with an actual Covenanter banner in it

group photo at drumclog museum

jimmy f drumclog

drumclog big
G Times

wishart knox plaque
Then it was on to the Castle, where details of what does on there are now even more widely available on the internet than ever. In short, if someone tells you that John Knox was a bad man, then you know that something’s not quite right…

inside the castle
Who are ya?

mason castle beth jimmy
Beth is considering taking refuge here if / when the law catches up with her… :-P

prayer meeting
To steal James’ joke, 8 people at a prayer meeting definitely = pre SAQ!

Our final stop was at George Wood’s grave

stace church discipline
Stace’s turn to experience some old style church discipline

george wood jimmy
Connor – clearly up to mischief!


Then it was back for a Mr. Kebab, after early suspicions that there would be no time in the schedule for it gave way to common sense and the will of the people.

mr k
Shockingly though, neither Mr. Kebab or Mr. Kebab jnr were there, it was just Mr K jnr’s assistant and some randomer!

me mr k
Back in business!

On the Sabbath we had Bible class (which has been just a Mission prayer meeting for the past few weeks – actually, don’t know why I said just!), prayer meeting, morning worship, lunch in the hall, the much talked of desserts, a psalm sing in the afternoon, evening worship, a psalm practice with Tim, supper at the church and then the highly anticipated schooling, which was very positive. It’s all about facilitating growth – providing opportunities for people to grow.

On the Monday we finished off the leaflets and then hung about in the afternoon till it was time to go.


saq schooling brian

beth paul dmc
Paul had once again taken time out of his busy schedule to join up with the team.

john campbell
John and Campbell

10 star catherine
Catherine’s second favourite Stephen

me and chris
Chris is the man

me and paul

front of church

But anyway, the main point of the team was to give out the Mission Brochures with testimonies in it advertising the Mission which is being held this week, “Jesus Christ – who is He and why does it matter?” So please pray that people would be saved through the Mission. As the (not bad man) John Knox prayed (and James reminded us), “Give me Scotland”. We can pray that God would give us Airdrie.

3 thoughts on “Give us Airdrie

  1. Speaking of “The Walker year”, has anyone heard from the elusive love-struck exile lately? Walker! Walker! Are you out there?

  2. I emailed him the other day to keep him sweet like you said! I also suggested he send us a video of his acceptance speech (for the one-game-wonder award) for the Renwick Dinner tomorrow night!

    Speaking of Walker and due to the fact it’s summer, has anyone heard anything about the GVSBC Bible Week this year?

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