Monday, October 16, 2006


It's a couple of weeks now since I wrote anything here - and boy, has it been full!! In the middle of the month, Brian Doerksen and his daughter Esther came over from Abbotsford in BC, Canada to be with us for the weekend. On Friday we did a coaching day - 62 people came from all over Ireland, one from Finland, another from Holland, three from Switzerland, a couple from Slovakia, 8 guys from Scotland. It was great to hear Brian's thoughts on the importance of character, song writing, on leading worship, on choosing songs and working with band members. It was such a helpful thing to ask Brian questions and be able to interact with someone with his track record!
On Saturday night we did a concert together, and 650 people came - which is quite a few for round these parts!! It was a wonderful time of worship - it so cool for me to have a friend like Brian come do this here! I get to travel a fair bit, but it's very rare that people from home get a taste for all the stuff that I get up to when I'm away, so it was such a treat to share it!
Since then, we've had a lovely couple stay with us for a week, and I've been working like mad on my new CD.
It's coming together really well - the songs are pretty much there... it's a lovely feeling!
Next week I'm off to the States for a week. I'm going to stop off in Texas for a few days with Paul and Rita Baloche to do some writing together - please pray that we have a productive time!! And then, I'm heading on to the CMS conference in Seattle.
I'll let you know how it all goes...


Anonymous Kenny Innes said...

Kathryn, I think you may have met my brother-in-law Ryan and my friend Andrew who came over from Scotland. I visited them right before they were heading across, and they were both very excited. Sounds like it was a great time.

Have fun at the Baloche's! I met Paul at a concert in Houston, Texas recently. He was smaller than I thought, but his heart was massive. I love the way he disappears while leading.

I'm sure the CD will be great!

04 November, 2006 22:59  
Anonymous Kenny Innes said...

They are from the Almond Vineyard.

It is a small world. My wife and I went over to visit Scotland recently, and Dan Wilt was visiting the Almond Vineyard.

My wife experienced the full effect of marrying a Scotsman when the World Cup was on - I don't think she expected to watch EVERY game, and she was surprised that I could support every team who played AGAINST England...

05 November, 2006 13:38  
Anonymous Andrey said...

Kathryn, the Christian Music Summit was awesome!!! Praise the Lord!!! I really liked your morning worship it was really nice! I also like your Workshop on "Leading Worship with piano" I am telling you that those moments inspired to keep playing for God! God Bless You and your ministry. I pray that God's will be done for me! I will pray about your ministry!

12 November, 2006 09:08  
Blogger ChickideeLilly said...

Thank you so much for coming to the Summit this weekend. At the end of the day my husband and I both agreed that we were completely full and by Saturday our hearts and minds were just overflowing. I appreciated your realness, your spirit, and your extremely funny and witty sense of humor! lol I am also a Worship Pastor's wife, stay-at-home mom, and trying to be a songwriter. lol. So your talks were exactly what I needed to encourage me along in this journey.

I was so humbled by the privilege I had to sing the song I was working on in your breakout group. I want to send it to you when it is done. When do you know when it is done? lol. Oh, well it's a great challenge and I am definitely up to it!!

Take care and God bless you in your amazing ministry. You and your family will be commited in prayer here in Oregon. = )

13 November, 2006 12:39  
Anonymous Lisa Eastman said...

Kathryn, I was at the CMS summit and was in two of your seminars. Thank you for sharing your gifts and that your ministry is all about Jesus. I am a worship pastor at my church in Lacey, WA and our congregation loves "At the Foot of the Cross" and "Hungry". Your song, "At the Foot of the Cross" was the theme song for our women's retreat a year ago. 200 women attended. I lead worship from the piano and have started writing over the past couple years. I finally finished a song which came from a year of being broken and experiencing tremendous healing in our church family. I friend of mine who is a pastor, told me that he sensed that God wanted me to start using my own songs in worship. I shared one of my songs for the first time recently and had an overwhelming response from our congregation of 250 people. The Holy Spirit gave me this song and I have more coming. I wake up with them going through my head. If I didn't have three kids sleeping I would get up and start playing them. I am wondering if my songs are something to share outside of the church and I don't even know where to begin. Do you have any suggestions? You inspire me and I was very blessed to sit in your seminars and to experience you leading worship at the CMS. Thank you


13 November, 2006 22:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met you at the CMS in Washington State this past weekend. Thank you so very much for the time away from your precious family to bless us with your gifts and worship with us.
I briefly met you after a Saturday session. I was wowed by how approachable and humble you are!
I went to the MasterWriter demonstration. Paul B. came and showed how he uses it. We got to hear some of the song the two of you wrote with the chorus "You gave, You gave Yourself away..." Seriously, I got goosbumps!

14 November, 2006 04:38  
Anonymous lee pearson said...

Kathryn Hello, Thank you for coming to CMS. It was amazing. Your passion for the Lord is so evident. I wanted to give you a hug after your session on women leading worship. I also wanted to share my love of Ireland with you. But you had to move on. I have spent quite a bit of time in Donegal. Never have made it up to the Causeway area yet. I'm curious what it is like to serve in a strong Christian church in Ireland. God Bless em, I've only spent time with Catholic Irish. I've looked for non-denominational churches when there but haven't seen one. I'll come to the Vineyard next time I visit. God Bless you and your ministry!

15 November, 2006 19:54  
Anonymous Grant Laing said...

Hi Kathryn:-) I previously had a blog through blogspot and thought i'd drop a word of encouragement!
Myself and a friend were listening to ur most recent CD and were just commenting how annointed all ur songs are and how they've been a blessing to others during worhsip sets etc over the years!
I had to notice the background of the photo on the website...looks like False Bay/Muizenberg area in Cape Town!?
We'r from South Africa, currently now placed in Natal at New Covenant Fellowship!
I also remember Brenton Brown being my head boy at school...and great to see him serving the King in music ministry!
Anyhow, be blessed and we'll be praying the Holy Spirit continues to stir ur heart to write more and more worship!!
Grant Laing

19 November, 2006 14:31  
Anonymous Kry Up said...

Hi Kathryn my name is Matt Beal and I play bass for a band called Kry Up and we do a cover of your song Hungry. We changed the Music but kept the melody and the lyrics and we were wondering if we could get permission to record our version of this song when we go to record with Travis Wyrick this December. Please respond to or Thank You
Matt Beal

19 November, 2006 19:35  

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