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Friday 8th April 1966


In the NOTES section is a note for today (and one for the following Monday):

Preston Convention
Friday. Elsie Wrigglesworth
on Monday
The diary-entry proper for today is as follows:

Went to Preston
Convention—great! Messages &
interpretations. Never have I seen
such anointed preaching—theme
was constant, that we must
yield our bodies to Christ. Went
in rededication—prayed with
an elder.
Went to Preston Convention—great! Messages [in tongues] and interpretations: The Good Friday meetings were held in a large, classic “shoe-box”-shaped hall, with a raised stage at the forward end, and a balcony running round, left, rear centre, and right. Mrs. Wood, Audrey and I sat on the balcony, to the left, about half-way along, on this, the first Preston Convention that I went to, with the bulk of the congregation in the main floor-area below. This was a time when spiritual things were still new and wonderful to me. Not recorded here, is a phenomenon that occurred, which left me stunned and amazed. Mrs. Wood told me afterwards that it was “singing in the Spirit”, with some people singing in tongues on a sustained note and others singing harmonies or a succession of notes in harmony, with the sound swelling and rippling like waves. It felt like I was in heaven.

Never have I seen such anointed preaching—[the] theme was constant, that we must yield our bodies to Christ: I particularly remember Gerald Chamberlain making his impassioned appeal from Romans 12:1, 2 for us to do this: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” I remember his emphasising that to do this was our “reasonable service”. That is the KJV rendering of the passage.

A note elsewhere in the diary indicates that while I was Preston Convention I learnt that Ann Fenton “doesn’t go to church any more.”

Meet Anne Fenton.
Learnt P. Convention
doesn’t go to church any more.
Ann Fenton: See Johannine Writings XI.6, Holiday in Scarborough — Day One, Holiday in Scarborough — Day Six, Holiday in Scarborough — Day Seven, Holiday in Scarborough — Day Eight, The Free Trade Hall, Friday 7th January 1966.

Chris wrote me a letter today (Good Friday), postmarked GRIMSBY & CLEETHORPES, LINCS 12.45 PM 9 APR 1966 and with the slogan

                  136, Clee Rd.,
                 Old Clee
                 Good Friday
Dear John,
      I got my receipt from Clacton on
Thursday morning, and you know I asked them
if I could be in the same chalet as you and Peter
they said they can arrange it if I let them
know your receipt reference number, so could
you let me know what they are as soon as you
can then I can send it off. Thanks.
      I hitch-hiked over on Thursday and
came through Sheffield I came right through
the city so I couldn’t resist paying a visit
to the bogs in Fitzallan Square.
    Went round to Jenny’s as soon as I got
here, but she wasn’t in. I’m rather glad really,
but I’m dead well known in their street, as
two girls came up to me even before I was
near Jenny’s house, and they knew who
I was and where I’d come from and who
I wanted to see and everything. I shan’t go
round again though as they were telling me
one or two things about her I didn’t
  Please let me have those reference numbers
soon John.
    God Bless,
PS: I only need £5/5s more for the
conference. Praise the Lord! I only
started praying for the £12/5s not quite
3 weeks ago. Isn’t that wonderful!

I got my receipt from Clacton: See Sunday 23rd January 1966 for more information.

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