I thank God for a great morning in Harpenden! 11 people who told us they are not part of any church, prayed the salvation response prayer, when I spoke at Bethany Community Church, Harpenden. And an additional 3, also not church, didn’t pray the prayer, but said they wanted to know more about Christianity. This church is led my old house-mate Neil Chitty. Neil and I shared a house with two others from 1993-96 in Meadvale, near Reigate when we were part of the leadership team at Reigate & Redhill Community Church. Neil is now married to Sonya, and their son Isaac was playing drums this morning in the service. I began my talk by offering previously secret information about Neil’s bachelor days, to anyone who wanted to come and speak to me afterwards. In fact I had only one taker, and the worst crime I could come up with was Neil playing the boardgame RISK until 4am in the morning. So my questioner was rather underwhelmed. Anyway, everything about the Carols, the band, readings, organization and the refreshments was brilliant, and although I have heard perhaps hundreds of live renditions of the song “Mary did you know?” this morning’s was perhaps the best. Moreover it was, of course, a church service under Plan B, something I’ve not experienced before. And I was really impressed by the big turnout. With Neil saying that lots of guests had turned up.