Revd. Andy told us about how his journey to the role he has today with the continuing education of clergy in Essex and east London. This included living and working for five years before ordination in Budapest, where he learnt about the importance of community from his neighbours. He was also married whist there. He moved to Paris, where he was ordained and then worked for a local church. He spent so many hours engaged in his ministry that his young daughter had an imaginary daddy, an orange robot, who was always there for her when her real daddy was not. In his role now he works with clergy, and feels it is important that they do not treat their young families in the same way. He moved to Galleywood as vicar, having never previously been to Essex. Here he was determined that he would not be the centre of parish life. That should be Jesus. His role was to form teams of people engaged in local ministry. When he left eight months ago, 120 people were involved in this way. Grove Booklets have recently published ‘Refusing to be Indispensable’, written by Andy. In it he explores these ideas further. We had considerable listener reaction to the interesting ideas he raised.
We heard the title track from Megan O’Neill’s album, available to download and buy on CD today. Patrick wanted to hear a track by Petula Clark, and we were remined she sold over 68 million records. Phyl requested Strawberry Fields for ever by the Beatles. We celebrated the birthdays of Nancy Sinatra (78) and Bonnie Tyler (67). We all loved the track by Eddy Clearwater, sadly only discovered as he has passed away recently.
Marc Antionne – Sunland – show theme
Simon & Garfunkle – The Boxer
George Ezra – Budapest – chosen by Andy
Stranglers – Always the sun – chosen by Andy, who went to the same school as the band. He was quick to emphasise this was many years later.
Proclaimers – Sunshine on Leith
Dave Koz & friends – Got to get you into my life
George Harrison – What is life? Thanks to Chris for reminding us about the musical legacy of George.
Megan O’Neill – Ghost of you
Petula Clark – This is my song – requested by Patrick. This brought back many memories for John.
Beatles – Strawberry Fields – requested by Phyl
Sophie Griffiths – A thousand times – Sophie is singing live on 9th of June at the Ingatestone Junior School Strawberry Fair.
Nancy Sinatra – These boots are made for walking – how can she be 78 today?
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the heart – remembered by Rene
Lisa Harman – Me and my piano
Kinks – Supersonic rocket ship – Matt, preparing for the Night swimming show at 10, had to pop in the studio to see what this track was as he loved it.
Eddy Clearwater RIP – Winds of change – we loved this track.
Walk off the earth – Happy – a copy or a cover? The video is good fun.
ELO – Living thing – Q Magazine named this track the No.1 guilty pleasure.
George Martin – Theme One – closing theme
Join me in two weeks for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood. My guests will be from Doddinghurst church, talking about the local festival.