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Posted Sunday, 1 April 2007 at 19:25

And he did, on Penny’s civic service in Ampthill this afternoon at 3pm.


As is the case in ABC (Ampthill Baptist Church) there was much laughter and worship through song.


I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to work, a civic service in a Baptist church, but I got the subliminal message that we toned it down a bit for those who normally attend the Anglican and Methodist churches.


Steve made everyone laugh by realising, whilst at the lectern, that he wasn’t wearing a jacket - in fact, he didn’t even know where it was! The rector of Ampthill called him a scruff bag, and also said he had attended two services today, one with a Donkey and one with a mayor!


Penny, Tony and her three lovely boys who did the collection like true professionals really enjoyed themselves. Penny said it was like getting married again, but not as expensive for her mum!


Only a few people know, and now I am going to tell the world, that I actually turned up for the service at 11am, at the wrong church. When I got to the church doors and saw ‘Joint service at the Methodist church at 10.30’ I wanted to throw up!!! I was giving the reading and was convinced I had missed it.


I drove the two hundred yards to the Methodist church saying…. no screaming, at my daughter “it’s no good, I can’t be an MP and a mum, you have got to go”


It was a god sent intervention that as I sneaked into the back of the Methodist Church, the first person I saw was one of the congregation from ABC who put me right - that it was the Baptist church, but at three o’clock!


I went outside and smothered my daughter in hugs and sloppy kisses whilst she squirmed and screamed ”this is going to cost you”.


A perfect Sunday, church, walking the dogs, a family row and lunch. Bliss.

MJL said:
Responded: Sunday, 1 April 2007
Every family in the world has a row on Sunday Nadine. You are just trying to do what every other workinhg mother has to do, juggle, and its not easy. I admire you for your honesty, you are a bit of a star around here, but I guess you know that already.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 1 April 2007
You read Corinthians 13 beautifuly and with such feeling. It was the reading at our wedding and always a joy to hear.
Anonymouse said:
Responded: Monday, 2 April 2007
You must be in real torment sometimes Nadine, belonging to one organization that looks after its flock and one that continually fleeces it.Is that Steve sure it was a donkey and not an ass.Sorry, not very Christian being rude to the Mayor.
John said:
Responded: Monday, 2 April 2007
Listen MJL,never mind a bit of a star, this lady is a whole galaxy, I just hope politics does not corrupt her over time.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 2 April 2007
Who was getting 'married' ?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 2 April 2007
Penny has been a great mayor, I hope she enjoyed the service.
Al said:
Responded: Monday, 2 April 2007
You were seen in Waitrose on Sunday morning Nadine, was that before or after getting to the church on time!
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