September 16, 2005

RESITS

Follow-up to I'm going again!!!! from 1129 - Ali's () blog

Just realised that I never did report back from RESITS

Saturday

Spent the day driving from Cov (via Solihull to pick up Jen) to Edinburgh. This trip, having done it annually for the past 3 years, takes about 5 1/2 hours. This time it took 9.

It started at 11am when Multimap took us on the quickest route to Jen's house in Solihull via a packed M42 (1 hour gone) Then the Birmingham powercut on the Friday night meant that everyone decided to drive north on the Saturday instead…in 3 hours I had driven 50 miles up the M6…We got to Edinburgh at 8pm – shattered and just in time for the last chord of the rehearsal. We then found that our car (Jen, Rich, Thor and I) were on washing up duty….hmmmm..

Sunday

Despite it being my 3rd year at RESITS I've never been to a Church service in the church we stayed at (I thought this was a bit odd until I realised that I wasn't Christian the first year I went to RESITS and last year I wasn't in Edinburgh on a Sunday).

Anyhow – this year we ended up singing at the Church as a "Thank you!" for our home for the week. The church, Viewforth, had two Sunday morning celebrations; the first being the "traditional" service, which was followed by the "contemporary" service. The sermon was joke-for-joke the same in both services however the main differences were that the second service had a piano playing 'modern' songs, compared to an organ playing hymns and the second service had open prayers, rather than set prayers read off a data projector. It was a bit sad to see that (excluding Revvers who doubled the congregation in both services) there were only 40-odd people attending the Church that obviously, by the size and decoration, must have had over 500 not so long ago.

Sunday night was sunny so we walked to the Meadows where we sang / learnt a few more songs. It was all going pretty well – bearing in mind that we had met for the first time 24 hours ago – then it rained. We got wet – very wet.

Monday and Tuesday to follow on another entry…

*NB. If you've just skim read this entry and are a bit confused why I've not talked about exams… RESITS stands for Revelation in Edinburgh Singing In The Sun.


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