Sid Thurlow, Assistant Pastor at The Elim Church in Ingatestone talked about how his life had been turned around. From often being in trouble at school, Sid drifted into petty crime and drugs. This destructive life-style resulted in over one hundred convictions and numerous prison sentences. On one occasion he went to football practice at the prison and enjoyed chatting with a fellow player. He was amazed to next see this man walking along the corridor wearing a clerical collar in his role as the prison chaplain. Engagement in Christian activities at the prison resulted in him becoming a Christian in 2006. However, this was not an instant moment when everything became easy. He married Laura in 2008. He described his first fifteen years as a believer as being a time of struggle, when the pull of old habits was very real. The transitional experience was joining Narcotics Anonymous and beginning a twelve step programme to recovery. Sid stated he will continue to live that programme every day of his life as he strives to improve. Having undertaken some theological training, Sid and Laura now live in Leigh on Sea. Here Sid runs one of the branches of the nation-wide organisation at Leigh Elim church, 143 Glendale Gardens, SS9 2BE. For more information check out https://www.believersinrecovery.co.uk In Leigh meetings are held every Thursday evening, beginning with dinner at 6.45 pm and the meeting at 7.30pm. Sid emphasised that everyone is welcome regardless of their faith. There are also on-line meeting.
Shea Rafferty – Out of the blue – from the 2022 album – Making History – my Presenter’s pick album. Check out all the picks of albums and singles of 2022 by our presenters on the PhoenixFM home page.
D. Cullen – Alright – This was one of the three tracks chosen by my guest Dan Pierce last week.
Mercy Me – Dear Younger. Sid stated that he often thinks about what he wouid have told his younger self.
CeCe Williams – Believe for it. This is a track that is used at the beginning of every Believers in Recovery session at Leigh on Sea.
Jamaican Reggae Cuts – Somewhere over the rainbow. Sid just loves reggae.
Above, Herb Alpert in 1979.
Below, Herb Alpert in 2023.
Herb Alpert celebrates his 88th birthday today. We heard his 1979 USA no 1 and UK no 3 – Rise.
Hillary Scott is co-lead singer with Lady A. She is 36 years of age. We heard – Beautiful messes – from her 2016 solo album – Love remains – USA no 7 and No 1 in Christian album chart and No2 in the Country album chart.
Sharon Corr MBE is aged 53 years. We heard the 1998 Corrs re-working of the Fleetwood Mac track – Dreams. UK no 6. The video of the track has had over 23 million hits.
Thanks to Chris, Bob, Lee and Sarah in Harlow, Sian in Manchester, Chris in “The Republic of not the faintest idea”, Sid in the studio and Mark in Wandswoth for taking part.
The winner was Mark with 3 points for the only correct answer of the competition, the age of Hilary Scott. Chris in Guildford, Sian in Manchester and Chris in Harlow both scored one point.
Patrick in Ingatestone requested a Beatles track from 1969. The LP – Abbey Road – was originally released in September 1969. It was a UK no 1. Re-released in 2009 UK no 6, re-released again in 2019 UK No 1. From the album the track written and sung by George Harrison – Here comes the sun.
Michelle Ward – Try – from her recently released EP – Directions. More information about the music of our weekday 10 am – 1 pm presenter Michelle can be found on Facebook by searching Michelle Ward Music.
Honey and the Bear – Why and I always saying sorry? They will be performing in Colchester at the Headgate Theatre on the 6th of May.
Chart this week in
No 1 Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine – also a no 1 in USA and Canada. 2011 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest songs of all time, no 81.
No 14. Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman. UK no 7, USA and Canada no 1. No 206 in 2021 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest songs of all time.
No 16. Noel Harrison – Windmills of your mind – from the soundtrack of the film – The Thomas Crown Affair – and winner of the Academy award for Best original songs. UK no 8, South Africa no 5 and New Zealand no 7.
Jason Mraz – I feel like dancing – new release from Jason and on the PhoenixFM A list.
Lauren Housley – My sleeping heart. Lauren has regularly performed in Billericay.
Next week is Good Friday and we will have a special show for Easter featuring Paul Carr from Emmanuel Church Billericay.