My first engagement with Faith Pictures began this month and I really like it. It is so much fun and yet has a great way of engendering some fantastic conversations about our Faith and our journeys to faith. It gets a massive thumbs up from me! Check out the Church Army web site for more details - www.churcharmy.org.uk
Three preachment's this month
St Anne’s, Brown Edge for my regular monthly visit.
St Bartholomew’s, Norton-le-Moor – this is a parish that I am also meeting with regularly to discuss their MAP alongside a short Scriptural reflection. I also met with their PCC this month.
St James’ Barton-under-Needwood for a Church Army preachment.
On most occasions I will put a transcript of my sermons on my Blog.
Exciting plans emerging from planning meetings for the Shrewsbury Flower Show and the Staffordshire County Show. On the latter I have been invited to be the Honorary Show Chaplain.
We had another great ‘Chewing the Cud’ – based around FCN. These are open meetings and our next one is on the 8th march 10.30 at Amerton Farm, Stafford. We are also having several cases coming in and could I please ask you to pray for Farmer K. The situation is very challenging. We are also desperate for more ‘case workers’ who need to have some knowledge of farming. www.fcn.org.uk
With the retirement of our Rural Officer I have been picking up some of this work. In particular I was invited to attend a meeting of the Central RO’s who are planning an exciting Day Conference on Brexit on the 30th March and to be held at Germinate ARC, Stoneliegh Park.
Report ‘Setting God’s People Free’* recently published it is a great joy
to be part of a team working with LICC to create a Suite of Resources to help
with Frontline Discipleship. It is our hope that as we journey over six to
twelve months with a church/benefice there will be a change in practices that
will lead to a cultural shift in churches. It is about viewing the 10 hours
spent in church activities alongside the 110 hours ‘outside’ through a different
perspective and one that sees the symbiotic relationship between gathered and
dispersed church. www.licc.org.uk
Some appointments & engagements…
Meeting with George Fisher as Line Manager
In the evening Session 5 ‘Faith Pictures’
Love Stafford Executive – my first meeting
Meeting with my Spiritual Companion
Lunch at Shallowford House & meeting those new in post following their weekend together.
In the afternoon FCN Staffordshire Group meeting
Session 6 ‘Faith Pictures’ with St Peter’s Rickerscote. Last session – so where do we go from here?
Love Stafford Leaders Prayer Meeting
Attending Book Review with Mark Ireland and Mike Booker ‘Making New Disciples’
Preaching and leading Morning Prayer at St Anne’s Brown Edge
Personal Quite Day
Church Army Cluster (I am now Lichfield Diocese CA Cluster Coordinator)
Social Supper with Bishop Geoff and Archdeacon Matthew and respective spouses
‘Chew & Chat’ at Brook Café, Rising Brook Baptist Church. Lunch and chat with friend(s)
Also in this period above, I need to prepare for a Webinar and a Diocesan Rural Consultation Day.
Friday 17th – Friday 24th
Taking some time out that will include a self-led retreat (both Jane and I) at the Sheldon Centre with the Mary & Martha Society.
Rural Ministry Solutions – Webinar looking at the opportunity for Spring.
Rural Ministry Solutions – Rural Mission Consultation for the Diocese of Chelmsford, in partnership with Barry Osborne.