Oh dear. My poor neglected blog. As I write regular Parish Magazine letters, help update Facebook and website for church, and find myself preaching every week (and so writing a sermon every week) there seems less and less time to write and reflect here. But I suspect this outpouring of words increases the need for reflection and pondering.
As a curate, I did all of those kinds of writing, but only from time to time, and always conscious that I was communicating under the auspices of the Vicar (my ever wonderful Training Incumbent). My voice was, to a (very small) extent not my own within the parishes. Here however, the buck stops with me, and there is something both terrifying and liberating about knowing that. So my blog during curacy was “my voice”. Now it perhaps needs to serve a slightly different purpose, to be a place of consideration and pondering – not that it ever wasn’t!
So, Christmas. It happened, it happened beautifully, and it happened mostly according to plan. We did something new – a Christmas Tree Festival, which brought in people to decorate trees as well as people to admire them. It was wonderful to see the church being re adopted by the community, and it made me more determined than ever to get it open regularly soon. Plans are afoot.
I’m also much more aware of the need to plan ahead. Lent Group dates are published, and I need to start thinking about Holy Week and Easter. I am in the happy position at last of approaching a season where I know what is ‘normal’ round here, where I have already seen it once. That is a huge relief, knowing that the learning curve will begin to be less precipitously steep, at least on the routine stuff.
It is perhaps time to start thinking harder about how we do things, about the impact we have in the community, and about the ways in which we learn about, serve, and love God. Prayer, growth of faith (and numbers), service. That’s the plan for 2015. It’ll be fun, love filled, life giving and challenging. There may be changes. But if I can keep focussing on God in this place, keep thinking about what we do, how we do it, and its impact on others, then it might just be OK. There’s my voice.
PS #Janathon approaches, and so I will be doing my best to blog daily through it, but probably briefly. You Have Been Warned!