Holy Socks, Faith on your Feet. For life's pilgrimage. A brilliant Christian gift, these Christian Socks feature Biblical motifs sold with an original, thought provoking story leaflet. Glory Golf Balls - Golf balls with a Biblical verse.
Popped into Masham Sheep Fair last month on the way back from the Cathedral and Church Shop Association Exhibition. We've got quite a few designs with sheep so thought it was just the place for us. We arrived on Friday evening and put the gazebo up, all ready for the morning. The Girl Guides had their own form of sheep racing.
The Iona Communities shop had sold Holy Socks for some years before they asked for a display stand in 2010. We were happy to oblige and take both Holy Socks and a stand all the way from South West Scotland to the Island of Iona.
First - work out the best way to get it in the car.
And this one has to go in too.
Takes a bit to manouever.
Eventually we were on our way north, passed Loch Lomond.
and a while north to Glencoe
Onto Rannoch Moor
Stop to take a picture
On board the ferry "Loch Fyne"
Getting the stands out - and the trolley
Not just the stands that needed wrapped up. It was a cold morning.
Stayed a night's B and B and then left the car at Fionnphort - can't take the car to Iona so had to be left in the car park on Mull.
Walking the trolley down to the ferry
"Who pays the ferryman?" Anyone remember that? In this case it's me.
Rest one but destination in sight
Strange sheep in an Iona garden
And so the stand is ready to get it's Holy Socks on and the shop will soon be open. Meantime, I'd gone to the morning service at the Abbey.
So woolly "Journeying Socks" and stout boots on the feet, we took a walk about the island.
Crocuses in the ruins
Lot of work was going on in the Abbey at the time.
Holy Cycle Socks get the approval of jasco from Midlothian, "they helped me up hills round Gifford. They were very comfortable....as well as looking Dazzling ! - also addition to any hi viz encouraging tractors and the like to give plenty of clearance !
With CRE 2017 just a few months away, I've been looking at some of the photos from CRE's gone by.
The first venture of Holy Socks to The Christian Resources Exhibition was in October 2002 in Edinburgh.
There are several things that make any exhibition for me. The people who visit the Holy Socks stand, their reaction to and comments on Holy Socks. It's always great to chat with people, who are now old friends. My abiding memory of that first event was of the many and diverse areas God calls his followers to serve in. I had never heard of Send a Cow. but loved it at first sight and hearing. It made me, then and still, want to bring everyone (particularly those who had no knowledge of God) and show them what God was up to.
It was two years and four months since Holy Socks had started their walk. We didn't have many designs but our best seller was Daniel and the Lions.
I was helped by Jane Mackichan who had been my tutor on The Life of Prayer course which I had completed through the Scottish Churches Open College. Sadly I didn't take so many pictures in those days and don't have any of the stand - or Jane.
Someone took a photo of the then Bishop of Edinburgh who opened the exhibition and then visited our stand.
We were also mentioned in The Scotsman article: http://www.scotsman.com/news/clothes-cross-line-between-faith-and-fashions-1-860697
It's sometimes difficult to make the time to go round the exhibition and see all that's on offer, but it's so worthwhile and so useful to find out what God has got His followers involved in. In 2002, I hadn't a clue what God had planned for Holy Socks!
A couple of years later CRE returned to Edinburgh and Holy Socks brought along our new Glory Golf Balls. These caught the imagination of Fred Macauley who at that time did the morning live programme on BBC Radio Scotland. He and CRE press officer, Steve Goddard are featured in this live broadcast.
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