March was another month where the weather caused cancellations playing havoc with the diary.
Staffordshire County Show – an interesting planning meeting at which we had two representatives from Rising Brook Baptist Church join us. (RBBC is a very large Church
I had an excellent Review Meeting with Bishop Geoff and Archdeacon Matthew and then a few weeks later with George Fisher (Line Manager). We are all mindful of my retirement in June 2019 and seeking to focus on successors for some pieces of work such as the County Show, and then to concentrate on particular pieces of work and people with whom I have been walking alongside. I very much doubt if there will be a like for like replacement but the ministry I have been able to do has proved to be of great value. So consideration will need to be given to what support can be offered to parishes and benefices post June 2019.
I had a great time with Revd Captain David Collier, new into post (January 2018) at St Saviours and All Saints, Branston and Burton. I spoke at their Café Holy Communion Evening Service. (A rather odd animal!) I was invited to speak about my ministry and brought it around to talking about my coming to faith, my ministry and vocation and then challenging them to consider their own vocations and calling.
A preachment at my home church of St John’s on Palm Sunday.
invited people to consider whether they we following the man on the horse,
Pontius Pilate representing the world, or the man on the donkey, Jesus,
representing the Kingdom of God. It was
very well received and the transcript is available on my blog.
I also met with all three of my Pilgrims this month, walking alongside them as their Spiritual Companion. I really like the mix of Pilgrims I am engaged with in this way.
Some appointments and engagements....
Farming Community Network meeting including Dementia Friendly Training from Dementia Action Alliance. https://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/
Preaching and leading Service of the Word at St Anne’s, Brown Edge.
From Monday 9th – 12th Jane and I will be on Retreat at The Sheldon Centre. On the Thursday we are going to Cornwall overnight to catch up with the grandchildren (and their parents) and see if we have time to call in to talk about putting our house back on the market. On the way back we have an overnight stop at Bristol to catch up with Joe & Alex.
Rescheduled Stafford Half Marathon and raising sponsorship for The Farming Community Network.
Text - GFCN51 £2 to 70070
Church Army Regional Day in Sheffield.
Meeting with Alan Betts as we make plans for the first session of Frontline Discipleship, ‘Preaching for your Frontline.’ (See Wednesday evening)
In the morning meeting with newly appointed Priest, Julia Babb. In the evening ‘Frontline Discipleship One Year Course’ begins for St Lawrence, Biddulph. Pray for their Vicar, Steven Dyson.
‘Chew & Chat’ – informal lunch meeting at Rising Brook Baptist Church. Out in the evening helping as I do most Thursday with RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association)
With Janet Arnold at St James’, Newchapel. We are going to spend the morning together looking at Evangelism as an Integral Heartbeat using the Five I’s of Parish Evangelism.
Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th
Lichfield Diocese Clergy Conference – and I get to go as well! Great time of networking and catching up with folk, with some teaching and worship of course!
St John’s, Littleworth, Away Day.
(Going with Jane as participant)
Tixall & Ingestre Messy Church in the afternoon.
Personal Quiet Day