Since the last post, when I encouraged Polly Pilgrim to blog more often, have I? No.
Mainly I think because I want these posts to be helpful and considered, and making time for that alongside the job, the business, the sheep and the Church seems to be a challenge.
So here’s a quick round-up of what is really happening to this new Reader:
reading the Bible in Church probably goes without saying, but making sure it is a biblical and sincere reading takes time; then
leading services takes much more and is a genuine blessing – finally becoming just a little more confident that I can use three books and a folder and not lose my place while conducting a service;
given opportunities by my vicar to be a contributing member of the ministry team – a real boon compared to those Readers who are rarely called upon in this way;
there’s reading outside Church – at Churches Together events and services;
making time to attend more of the parish social events – fun but I have to keep a balance with the rest of life and the other people who matter;
and there’s Deanery Synod – not a big time commitment but much to share and wonder about;
both creating and leading intercessions continues to be a great way to feel involved in services and able to give something to the congregation;
preaching in this and another parish and at a work-related service – results not always quite what I hoped, but helping me to understand more deeply some of the texts on which I preach, and maybe helping others at the same time;
and Christian Aid – involvement in the local committee means regular meetings and creative ways to keep people interested – helping others to organise a sponsored walk at present;
and did I mention the e-learning course? a new departure for the diocese venturing to offer those unable to get together at evenings and weekends the chance to learn and develop their discipleship together – a six month commitment this one with roughly twice-weekly involvement in addition to creation of materials.
OK a fair bit for the first six months, all good, all exciting and so much confirmation that this is more than I hoped for when starting training. Great thing is you don’t know what next. But I could try to fit in more blogging.