GO Teams 2010 for dummies (and Peter)

6 Mar

Try as I might, I can’t avoid beginning this post with the words “it’s that time of year again”. However, it most assuredly is that time of year. The GO team forms have been out for the best part of 2 months, and yet, most of us have got no further than taking one from the church vestibule and and promptly losing it. So after a desperate plea from Philip McCollum at Wednesday’s Shaftesbury Fellowship, it struck me that a GO team preview post might be a good idea, if only to keep James off my back. Presumably I’m preaching to the proverbial choir here, and so I don’t need to wax lyrical about how great GO teams are (pretty great, in case you didn’t know). So without further ado, here’s a preview of the teams happening this summer, to help you decide where to go, and to inform your prayers.

Nantes – 27th March – 5th April (10 people)

The team for Francophiles. Seems to be mostly literature distribution, although there is a soirée for Renaissance men/women. The application date has passed, so save any notions of Gallic outreach for next Easter.

Worked out well for Andy Mo

Airdrie – 31st March – 5th April (10)

Everyone has these dates off school or college, so there really is no excuse for not going on this or Antrim. A chance to be schooled by SAQ, and see what’s become of Steelo.

Rumours of his death have been greatly exaggerated

Antrim – 6th – 9th April (10)

Antrim is “a Larne of a place”, consequently there have been no applicants so far. However, despite its obvious drawbacks as a town, the team itself is a good one to go on, especially if you need to study or some such nonsense, as it all finishes up about half 6 or so (or at least it did last year). Mostly lit dist. They really need people, so do think about going.

Glenmanus – 19th – 26th June (6)

Don’t know much about this one, but if you like the setting of the CY summer conference, maybe this is the team for you…

Bailiesmills – 21st – 24th June (8)

Ideal for those with doubts about potentially missing too many World Cup games, or indeed those with actual jobs, this is an evening only team, they need helpers for their Holiday Bible Club.

Knockbracken – 26th June – 3rd July (10)

They’ll show you a good time.

Just like Jamie Oliver

Just like Jamie Oliver

Galway – 10th – 17th July (6)

The most exotic of the summer teams, a chance to serve God in a city where there is much spiritual darkness. And now, in accordance with protocol…

...the stock photo of Galway

Enniskillen – 2nd – 7th August (8)

The superlatives spewing forth on this here blog after last year’s team would make anyone naturally suspicious, and any team with a nickname should be treated with utmost caution. Not to mention the flagrant disregard shown for an age-old sporting tradition last summer, which resulted in several grown men being reduced to tears. Also, it’s in Fermanagh. Since I can’t think of anything good to say, a photo will have to do.

Actually, didn’t GO Team Pete go one year? In that case, if it’s good enough for Pete…

Cloughmills – 9th – 13th August (8)

Worked out well for James. Handily positioned in a week where nothing else is happening.

Convoy and Stranorlar – 14th – 21st August (6)

Without wanting to be sound biased, SRSLY EVERYONE SHOULD COME TO C&S!!1!!!! We invented the GO team house, we also have a camper van, and generally Donegal is pretty rad. All joking aside (although I wasn’t joking), this is a great team to go on if you want to expand your horizons, serve God in a different country without having to speak French, and meet my dog. I mean, just look at how happy these people are:

Bun approves

There’s only six spaces available so apply soon to make sure you can say “I was there”, when they speak, in hushed tones, of Convoy & Stranorlar 2010.

Newry – 14th – 21st August (8)

Who could pass up the opportunity to spend a week with Simon Sweeney?

Milford – 22nd – 28th August (6)

Pure beaut

Stranraer – 4th September (8)

A one-day team for any part-timers/people with jobs.

So there you have it. While actually not very informative, or indeed factual, hopefully that will get you thinking about where you could go to proclaim Christ this summer. Also, Airdrie and Antrim really do need people pretty urgently, so get those forms in sharpish. The closing date for the summer teams is 19th April, and the sooner you apply the better, so that the congregations will know who’s coming and can start to plan accordingly.


6 Responses to “GO Teams 2010 for dummies (and Peter)”

  1. Ali G March 6, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Great little post Cromie. For actual info on GO teams, come to the spring conference tonight!
    (6th march 6.30pm Lisburn RPC there will be food)

  2. Peter March 6, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Another quality piece of work from the pen … well, keyboard! … of Cromie Robert (pronounced with a silent T!)

    As Mr G of Ards has pointed out, you’ve totally stolen the thunder from the annual GO Committee slot at the Spring Conference tonight!!! Which is quite amusing!

    “Everyone has these dates off school or college” – you might need to have a word with the faculty of RTC. Please?!

  3. Steelo March 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    Good work Cromie, you’re far too good for this crowd! Though why’s your dog in Nantes?

    Agree with your comments on Enniskillen!

    Tho think that Dot is a bigger attraction than the Sween in Newry!

    But where are all the teams advertised in the latest Messenger? :-P

  4. Joel March 8, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Effortlessly funny Crumb E.

    The annual Go Committee slot hasn’t been the same since Steelo stopped doing it. Remember his iconic moment in Drimbolg where he changed lectern so we would know that he was speaking in a different capacity!

  5. Peter March 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    1 question though Crom … GO Teams 2010 for dummies … what teams do you apply for if you don’t consider yourself a dummy??!

  6. Robert March 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Another plug for Antrim, still EIGHT spaces left, in the words of Delia Smith, “COME ON…LET’S BE ‘AVIN YOU!”

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