About 60 or so motorcyclists arrived on their bikes, wearing leather, tatoos and several with white crosses on the back of their black leather jackets. In his opening statement, the leader of the group said that sometimes people have trouble accepting him, because of his "rough appearance" (tatoos, leather, beard, long grey hair). He looks like he may have been in many a tough spot in his past life. Then he said, "if people give me a hard time, I say, Jesus accepts me as I am. Why can't you?"
Gathering outside church before the service. They had travelled from across the Midlands, Berkshire, Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside to be here.
Many had slogans stitched onto their jackets: "Jesus is Lord", "Be an Organ Donor; Give your Heart to Jesus", "These ARE my church clothes" and "WWJD" which stands for "What would Jesus Do?"
They hand out Biker's Bibles for free to anyone who wants one. It is the New Testiment and true life testimonials of people who have been about as low as they could be before discovering Christ. One young man admitteed he took the Bible just to use the pages as cigarette paper for making his own handrolled cigs. Then he read one of the prayers and decided he would "come along" and check out this Christain group, so unlike anything he had ever thought of as "church". Is he a convert? Not yet, but he is certainly welcome. Time will tell what path he choses.
Close-ups of my outfit: