Not a complaint, but by way of apology to those of you who do make the effort to come and check out the New Kid blog every now and then (still not sure about keeping the name, but no one responded to my question as to whether after 2 and a half years i am entitled to still call myself the New Kid on the Blog). There is so much going on, much of it good, all of it important - and i don't list all the busy-ness in order to make myself look important but as part of my ongoing campaign to let folk know what it actually is that we do, us strange breed known as 'Clergy'.
Yesterday, for instance, as well as trying to support my wife, as our little boy is still poorly! I had a meeting with my fellow foundation Governors (ie those appointed by the Church) for the local school which is having its 'Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools' today. Following which a long meeting at which the Clergy discussed planning for our 'wedding preparation day' on Saturday - a day where we gather as many of the couples getting married in our Churches as possible and discuss the ways in which they can customise their services, what they need to decide about what goes into the services, the legalities and technicalities of a Church wedding in England, and what the significance is of Christian Marriage - all in a day! After the planning meeting for that I did a bereavement visit, then a visit to someone who is very ill and I prayed with them, then i got home, had something to eat and for the evening had a small group of boys visit for our 'Youth Bible Study'.
So a pretty busy day, and today is no quieter.
Again, this is not to impress you (or try to) but to reflect the diversity of this ministry I'm called to. It can be a strain, but is more often a rewarding and worthwhile calling. I may post something about integrity and dis-integration sometime if i can get my brain up to speed! Have a good day all.