Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Another week

I thought that I would have time during the holidays to write more frequently than I will once college starts again, but I don't seem to have much to spare. This is however a good thing, I have been able to spend some time with my children, including a day at Fort Fun with just the little two,and a very pleasant weekend away in London with my husband - It was a very Methodist weekend, on Saturday we went to Wesley's chapel and museum, Sunday to worship at Central Hall and Sunday lunch with good Methodist friends Adam and Andrew.(will miss Adam when he goes to Cambridege, but there was no need for Keith to tell him!) Also in the past week I have painted an eight foot wooden man to look like a Pirate ready for the holiday club at our church - run with St Luke's ( to which I now have a key!) will post a photo sometime - I have a pirate galleon to do this week (I think it's pennance for going on holiday during the week of the Holiday club!!) I have a service to produce for this weekend and the Lectionary reading is The Feeding Of the Five Thousand so off to get my thinking cap on.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Goodbyes and Hello

It's been a busy weekend. On Saturday my lot, hubby and all four kids, came to the family day, at the Guy Chester Centre, in Muswell Hill, which is where I go once a month for the Methodist part of my training. 
It was a day of catching up with friends and then saying goodbye to those moving on, goodbye to Mark Wakelin who is going to greater things,to Karen and Karen who are starting at Queens college Birmingham in September, and if Adam hadn't been on holiday we would have said goodbye to him too. It will be a very different dynamic in September watch this space.
So Saturday was full of goodbyes and on Sunday we met up with the whole family Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Cousins etc., for a BBQ to celebrate as my Cousin Chloe turned 18 and said hello to adulthood.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

New Beginings

Today I decided to start my blog - It's something that I have had on my to do list for a long time, but other things have got in the way.
In April 2006 I started training as a Methodist Local Preacher, in January 2007, foundation training, which is a Methodist discernment process, September 2007 formal theological training, which was a battle in itself.
I am dyslexic and formal education held lots of memories, none of which were good, so much of my first year was blur of just trying to keep afloat.
Now I seem to be coping ok with that side of things, I thought I would set myself a new goal and try and journal my journey through the next year and the formal process of candidating as well as keeping up in college.
In the Methodist Church, Candidating is the shorthand term for offering for the ordained ministry. It is the process by which I and the church test my call.
This will begin in my circuit, before going to the district and then to a selection committee that represents the Connexional Church.
My first stage is to talk about my call at the Area Meeting in September, and ask them to send me forward. before that I have one more placement to finish, reflect upon and write a report on. Simple, however tomorrow my children break up from school so there is less time for things other than them.