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Ecclesiastes 3:1-5 “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.

“A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing”

I think there is even a time for fun. It has been a good thing to see the events that have happened in our community so far this year and the good number of folk that gotten out and enjoyed these times.

I admit it hasn’t been all easy for some of us that live in city centre. I have had to figure options on parking; there has been litter in street, lots and lots of noise, and a few other challenges. And I don’t want it every weekend year around but all in all I say - enjoy.

This past weekend I had a chance to do something that I have been wanting to be involved in but just hadn’t seemed to manage, Street chaplaincy. ROCK Street Chaplains were able to send a team to Music Fest and I was able be a part of the team.

I had a blast visiting with folk. Well a lot of the folk I chatted with were, shall we say a bit past merely having had a drink. Some close encounters I felt the effects just from the vapours hanging in the air...that may be a bit of an overstatement but enough said, the guilty moaned about sore heads Sunday morning on Facebook.

We went out and about and talked to people, we gave lollypops and a wee contact card out and for the ladies we had a special on pink flip flops to ease the foot pain from the high heels. We got lots of comments and questions, even some serious conversations. I saw folk that I’d not had a chance to chat with in ages. I felt we were appreciated for being out and about, and not one person was nasty or mean at all. I expected a bit of a hard time from somebody but honestly, it was some of the best late nights I’ve in involved in.

So for all the folk out and about the event overall seems a success. The Street Chaplains said it was really a great time and that Brechin folk were really friendly and they want to come back. And even though they didn’t have a jacket my size folk still seemed to know who I was.

I want to say a big thank-you to the organisers of these community events, WELL DONE! Thanks to all the local venues who hosted the different groups and bands. Thanks to the folk who clogged up Clerk Street.

A big thank you to whoever it was that picked up the trash that was left behind. A big thanks to those who came out and had a great time and made me glad to be a part of Brechin and glad for friends and the chance to meet some new ones.

A great bit of fun in its time,

Rev. Jon Bergen

Brechin Baptist Fellowship and on behalf of ROCK Street Chaplains