Another full month that saw me engaging with numerous Churches and enterprises.
This began with an ‘Envisioning Afternoon’ for St Giles the Abbot and St Chads, Freehay.
I’ve had several preachments and speaking engagements including an invitation to speak of my work to a visiting group of German curates. It would seem that they face similar challenges to us and we had a useful time in sharing together.
Preachments continue to come in and this month saw me preaching at St Paul’s, Croxton, St Mary’s, Ellenhall and Holy Cross, Ilam.
It was great to get my Games and Badge Machine busy at a Church Event. This was at St Thomas and St Andrew’s, Doxey. They offered a fantastic ‘free’ afternoon of fun and games along with a BBQ linked in with a Festival of Flowers. I was kept very busy making key rings and badges and keeping an eye on the Games. On the Sunday I joined them for a special Café Church style Service.
I helped to dress the Tent and took along games, badge making and toys. I also set up a FCN (Farming Community Network) display in the NFU marquee. It was fantastic to be involved and to make some great contacts with RABI, NFU and YFC. I am helping to try and set up a Staffordshire FCN Group. www.fcn.org.uk
O yes, I had a birthday as well this month!
(Think of a Paul McCartney song and you will get the age!)
Church Army display at a Diocese of Lichfield Ministry & Service Market Place.
Also mini-bus driving, taking a group from the John Young Foundation on a Day Pilgrimage to Alton – not the ‘Towers’ but the Pugin Church.
Plus a trip to Cornwall to meet granddaughter number two - Lowenna
Schedule for June 2015
Meeting with Revd Alan Betts planning Parish Weekend (September) for St Michael’s, Lancing. Based around LICC – www.licc.org.uk
Meeting with Revd Adrian Stone (Home Church) discussion on proposed ‘Hot Potato Evenings.’
Travel to Crawley
Preaching at the First Eucharist of Revd Kate Lawson, All Saints, Hove. Then in the afternoon over to St Peter’s, Bexhill for a ‘Everybody Welcome Course Review’ and preaching at Evensong.
To London for the AGM of Sunrise Ministries.
Travelling back home
My first meeting with a new Spiritual Companion
Preaching at St Mary’s, Bradley and St Peter’s, Alton
Meeting with the PCC of St John’s, Ashley
Lunch time ‘Chat and Chew’ with Mark and Colin. In the evening speaking to Cheadle Deanery Synod
Meeting of Diocesan Mission & Outreach Team and in the evening meeting with the PCC of St Mary’s Mucklestone.
Leading and Preaching at All Saints, Chebsey and St Chad’s, Seighford. (In Vacancy and I am walking alongside them)
Lichfield Church Army Cluster Gathering
Wednesday 24th (Joe’s birthday)
Farming Community Network 20th Anniversary Celebrations (Cirencester)
Also 29th Commissioning Anniversary
Meeting with my ‘line manager’ George Fisher.
Leading Praise and Worship at St Margaret’s, Draycott. (In Vacancy and I am walking alongside them)
Diocesan Mission Department meeting
Tuesday 30th – July 2nd
Missioners Conference at Buxton