This time tomorrow I will be with hundreds of other Baptists in Blackpool at the Baptist Assembly in England (BUGB - BMS). Due to structural changes at BUGB this will be the last Assembly in this format before a new approach starts next year. I am secretly glad that that this one is in Blackpool, the nearest venue for Scotland, and also the one with the lowest priced accommodation.
There was a time when the week running up to Assembly would see dozens of blog posts, but nowadays most of the bloggers have moved to Twitter or Facebook or Australia, or all three and not much is said.
I am, as ever, looking forward to catching up with some friends (have got a breakfast meet with another blogger set up already :-) ) and to reconnecting with a bigger sample of Baptistness than I do on a day-to-day basis. Lots of people to cheer (silently if necessary) as they complete their NAM period. Some interesting seminars to attend (focuses on dis-ability, inter-generational church and human sexuality among those I have my eye on). Hopefully space to get onto the beach or into the pool at some point. And the meaningful moments of remembering those whose service is complete and now enjoy eternal rest in the embrace of God.
No posting before Tuesday as I'm still too much of a ludite to buy a smart phone or tablet computer (have enough medical tablets thanks all the same!) instead I will sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!