Some seventy of us are heading for the seaside on Monday - not that we'll see too much of it as we'll have a busy week ahead of us at this year's summer school!
People have made their workshop selections and, more importantly, their menu choices for the celebration dinner that takes place on Thursday, just before the concert.
There are lots of practical workshops this year, and a fairly even split of participants across them all. Martin Baker's Chant Workshop looks to be very popular, as do Catherine Christmas's 'Who's in Charge?' sessions for Music Directors. There are also a lot of people who want to learn to 'Pray your Way' with Kit Dollard (with the help of Myers Briggs). And Bill Tamblyn's 'World Music' is attracting accomplished singers and beginners alike.
There certainly seems to be something for everyone this year and the Big Sings will be a real treat with Martin Baker, Bill Tamblyn and Martin Barry bringing us an eclectic mix.
Caroline Dollard and Martin Barry (Liturgy and Music Directors respectively) have worked hard on a programmes of liturgies and keynotes that will explore our theme. Standing with Christ, looking out through the open door of faith (Acts 14.27), are we ready to invite those outside to come and meet Him, and join us in the journey that lasts a lifetime? The week is a precurser to the Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI and due to begin in October.
As I'm on the team, I get to go early and so, this time tomorrow evening, I shall be tucking into my fish and chips at the Magpie Cafe - reputed to serve the best fish and chips in the country!
As ever, I'm looking forward to catching up with old friends, and to making new ones. See you in a week!