Simon and I got back to bed at about 5.00 after our latest lead theft incident, grateful for any more sleep before our busy days ahead. Simon had a big funeral, and I was going, for the first time, to the Christian Resources Exhibition at Esher a few miles south of here.
Tired as I was I wondered even more whether it was worthwhile going to this. What kept me to my decision to go in the end was that I had a free ticket and a lift. I am so glad I went, as it was great! With a large number of exhibitors promoting everything Church-related – charities, holidays, worship resources, vestments, tracts. . . There was pretty much anything I could think of that had a church link, and quite a bit more besides. There was even a conservative Mennonite family over from the States with Rod and Staff publications.
There were some good shopping opportunities as well – all of the little group I went with spent more than we’d expected to. I was delighted to buy a stock of cheap advent calendars to sell in our Church in November (it is hard to find affordable religious ones), and really thrilled to find a copy of the New Testament in Turkish (I’m bilingual) for just £4.50! I’m still sifting through all the various brochures and leaflets that were thrust into my hands during the day. I can’t wait to go again next year!