Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Trying out something new

I thought that if I installed blogger for word I might be inclined to blog more often, so here I am trying out the new setup, though I am not sure I will get it to work!  Anyway, just a test so I’m not going to waffle on too much.  I have a quiet week this week so am trying to get some visiting done and maybe some reading, hooray!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Since I gave up hope i feel a lot better

Catchy title, eh? Feeling much better actually, but have always wanted to use this title of a Steve Taylor song of my teen years for something and it seemed like a goodie to get attention (oh lordy, attention grabbing at my age...)

Anyway, thanks to Annie for thoughts, feel loved and looked after now!

Just finished the Easter busy-ness, and what a great Holy Week and Easter it was, though after my services yesterday i crashed out on the sofa and am recovering from stiff neck due to dodgy sleeping position....

I find that taking time and effort over Holy Week has enhance my celebration of Easter significantly - it wasn't something i discovered until i started as a Curate in SW London (Hampton, to be precise) - my Vicar had a series of services that he went through every night in Holy Week and I since I became a Vicar myself I have followed the pattern and every year find more and more meaning in what we do.

Easter itself was joyful and refreshing, despite the physical tiredness of being up to do a dawn service (Sunrise at 6am, so had to be up at 5, and had been up til gone midnight due to lots of things needing preparing). Anyway, despite all that, there was a sense of spiritual refreshment that it was a pleasure to share in. Today has been a lazy and quiet day (hooray) with family (my mum and sister are here as well as wife and kidlets) just a few moments to blog in the middle of the day and now i can go out for a couple of hours and play with little 'uns elsewhere. So, time to tootle....


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

just when you thought it was safe to go back to the blogger...

Another hiatus - four months! For those who hang on my every word (cue hysterical laughter) this may have been a tough time! But, hey, no point apologising, things have been busy, and i have had a major dose of creativity fatigue

or is that just fatigue?

My days are spent doing the things i can only get done during the day, services, visiting, meetings, lots and lots of phone calls. My evenings are spent preparing for these things, plus trying to pray sometimes (this seems more rare the busier my minstry comes, certainly the inverse of what should happen), getting admin done, preparing services, sometimes (more rarely than i would like) reading, writing sermons, sometimes visiting the pub (in collar, most of the time) and with other meetings and some visits which can only be done when people aren't at work.

But there is always more to be done, more demands, and even complaints that i don't do enough...

Again, this isn't a complaint, just an observation, and a request for any comments people may have as to what i should do... I know this is opening myself up to all sorts of thoughts (unless everyone has given up on reading this blog as it is so patchy). I have tried saying no (but it seems to get me the reputation of someone who doesn't do anything), i am even pretty well organised - though my prioritising sometimes leaves something to be desired.

Just felt that i wanted to share this, even if it is to thin air. It's also a way of saying that i make no promises as to how often i will blog in the forseeable.

I do manage to fit family time in to all this, and about a movie a week. I also make sure that about seventy percent of my days off are actually spent without working. So its not all bad. The odd thing is, i still love this job and i love the people i am privileged enough to serve and to work with. I also know that mine is not an unusual story in the world of ministry, Clergy with one or two parishes work themselves into the ground. I don't feel I am on the edge of a burnout, yet, but I do seem to be very busy. My time management used to be much better than this, but i do feel the demands of my present situation have expanded and expanded (as have i, i don't get to the gym at all any more, and used to manage three times a week). It's odd, perhaps a symptom of getting older is that we don't fit in as much as we used to.-