The 2010 Airdrie GO Team took place from Wed 31st March – Tues 6th April 2010. Given the blizzard conditions the night before the team arrived, this report was nearly called ‘Airdrie Snow Team’ and on the afternoon of their arrival team members were given their first experience of doing a GO team with snow on the ground. Amazingly, the weather then held right through all the times of leaflet distribution – until it started pouring just hours after we finished Church on the Street on the Saturday afternoon.
Tea in the hall was provided by a different person/couple from the church each evening on Wed-Fri. Before tea on the Wednesday we also managed to fit in our first Bible study on 1, 2 and 3 John. Between the Wednesday and Thursday evenings, the team got to experience Airdrie’s MET Bible studies, with 3 or so members of the team going to either the Wednesday MET or one of the two Thursday METs.
While some of the team were at the Holytown MET on Wednesday, the rest of the boys went to William J’s to watch the Arsenal match (Phil and Andy Moa were particularly keen on this suggestion) while the remaining girls prepared for a surprise 18th birthday party for Phil in the church (more specifically – Beth’s office) after:
Afterwards there followed much discussion on Bible studies, sharing ignorance, women’s roles…
Thursday saw a full day of leaflet distribution, with most of the team going to the Smith / Motherwell METs at night and the rest just hanging round. Except James, who decided to run for 16 miles, or something.
On Friday we gave out more leaflets, were joined by Samwise Peilow, and then at night CY were given a budget of Ł5, and a time limit of 40 (?) minutes and told to go to a variety of shops (or people’s houses if we wanted) to buy, barter or beg ingredients to make a pizza with at least two different toppings. We finished off the night with a psalm sing and prayer time.
On Saturday we gave out leaflets till we ran out, came back for lunch and then went down the town and did Church on the Street for an hour. Though we just gave out leaflets as health and safety meant we couldn’t give out tea/coffee etc this time.
Then after we were finished we headed – not to Edinburgh for a change – but to Largs, the Scottish Portrush – in the vehicle formerly known as the Spitmobile, the Bapmobile, and Beth’s-leave-15-minutes-early-take-the-‘scenic’-route-and-arrive-20-minutes-after-everyone-else-
On the Lord’s Day we had Bible class (prayer meeting for the Mission), prayer meeting, church and a congregational lunch, followed by testimonies from 2 of the members of the church – Jimmy and Darren.
In the afternoon we had a Bible study on 1 John 5 and much discussion ensued about knowing when someone had committed the unforgivable sin.
At night we talked about the future of the RPCS (as well as briefly discoursing on Andy’s ‘homeboys’ in the APC).
On Monday we went on a Covenanter Tour to places GO teams hadn’t been before! Thanks to Jimmy for providing a custom tour! In the minibus we sorted out a few things, and planned a holiday to Lewis. When we got back, we rediscovered a backcatalogue of Messenger issues going back to day one (much to James’ excitement), had a Mr Kebab for tea and went to the Mission – my first ever time – was great!
Please continue to pray for Airdrie, unconverted family members, the new people who have come in in recent weeks, and Scotland as a whole.