So we now have to disappoint around 500 people -mostly children. In the morning, all the children [and staff] from the village school were going to walk up the road to the chapel to see the performance, and then there was a general performance in the evening, for which tickets were completely sold out.
I am struggling with this - I feel so sorry for Bob, and Lynda and the rest of the Events Team, who have put so much work into planning and publicising the event and selling tickets. I feel bad for the school children who were really looking forward to coming, and now they have been let down. Even if we try to contact everyone who has bought tickets, I am afraid there will still be some who we cannot reach, who will turn up on Friday evening after a wasted journey.
It isn't the "reputation" thing that matters to me - 99.9% of the time, when our church hosts an event, everyone works together brilliantly and things go well - and folk in the local community know that. And I am not "blaming" anyone - Saltmine can't help the sickness, there is so much going round at the minute - and I am sure they didn't make the decision to cancel easily [and three days notice is better than 24 hours] And the fact that the church will probably lose out financially is a pain - but not what concerns me most.
It's the thought that some of those hoping to come [especially children] might say "Well, that proves it, you can't trust Christians - they let you down" and it turns them away from Jesus.
I am praying that the Lord will help us to deal with this situation in a way which is gracious, and ultimately glorifying to Him.