For three weeks each year Keswick is filled with thousands of pilgrims attending the Keswick Convention. During these weeks every church is full on Sundays and many people use the premises during the week. As a result, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking everything’s fine with everyone. However some businesses are quieter at this time than in weeks running up to or after the Convention. One of these is the Slate Mine at Honister. This is the place where Tori Jones, a local preacher on trial in our Circuit, works part time. Part of her duties is to lead tours underground. Vision 21 at Keswick has challenged us about reaching out in different ways.
These two have come together in the ‘Mining for God’ project. Using Tori’s gifts and skills, we’re working with the mine to put on a mine tour with a difference. Fridays are the quiet days there so on each of the Convention Fridays at 2pm Tori will be leading a mine tour with the help of David Hasson.
As we said, it’s a mine tour with a difference! It’ll contain not only information about the mine and its workers but also opportunities for singing and elements of worship. The mine lends itself to thinking about God’s creation and the environment, and people’s difficult working lives. And singing in one of the auditorium-like spaces underground with their amazing acoustics will be an amazing experience. Where else in the world can you also experience complete darkness, and see the difference that a little light can make? How encouraging to grasp the difference our little light can make in this world as we do God’s will.
We are grateful for the co-operation of the management and staff at the slate mine to enable this to happen. They have even provided us with copies of some of their professional photographs which they use for marketing. Some of them are in this article and the copyright belongs to the mine.
There’ll be more information coming out nearer the time with costings, etc but we do know that places will be on a first come first served basis. Minimum of 15 and maximum of 40 on each tour. Please pray that God will bless this project and the participants, and that while we work with the people at the mine that they will see Christ’s love in us and the concern of the church for them. And please talk to friends and neighbours and encourage them to take part. The dates are Fridays, 21 and 28 July and 4 August at 2pm at Honister
Please click on the image below to download the brochure and booking form