Thursday, October 15, 2009

An interesting day...so far

My day started with a motorbike ride (waheey) to Church (waheey) for Morning Prayer. Obviously this happened after all the waking up, cup of tea, shower, dressing stuff but as you all know that this is part of the weft and warp of daily life I won't share too many details...

As always there were a few to say Morning Prayer together, it never ceases to amaze me that people will turn out on a weekday morning to pray together - not that praying is something that people don't do, but actually coming out of their homes and making time to be together so frequently is not something I am used to! My experience in a suburb was that people would come to midweek Communion, but in the centre of London it was not the case that people would drop in for the Daily Mass or for Morning Prayer, and in Cambridgeshire it was almost impossible to get anyone together during the day any day because people were so busy, or so absent due to working commitments. Here, though, people take time out to pray. It's a good thing...

Then a phone call from a friend meant I ended up writing something for a talk they are giving soon. It was a subject I was interested in so I was happy to help. I might even post it sometime!

Then it was school harvest in the Church next door, turned out to be quite a long one - and the kids did a great job of putting across something of the 'world nature' of our harvest, with a particular focus on the goods we have from Africa, and there was a detailed presentation on 'Fair Trade' (or 'Free Trade' as they call it in the USA) by the older class. Then I hopped on my Motorbike again and went over to Yarcombe to meet with the TV company putting together the Community Pub idea there. I liked it so much I took a picture of my bike outside the pub :-) Should have got a piccy of the film crew but was busy being interviewed...

Tonight is make or break for the Yarcombe Inn - I honestly think this is the last chance for this lovely building to be a pub again and won't rehearse all the reasons I think it is a good idea and how valuable pubs are in village communities but am hoping that there is both a good turnout and a willingness to put in the hours that can make this work as a community endeavour.

I will know in a few hours, and will let you know too, if we are going ahead with the project. The presenter/adviser said that it is 50/50 as to whether it can happen at this stage because a good number need to be behind it and willing to actually put the effort in to get this baby off the ground.

2 comments:

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Nice to see that people take time out of their day just to get together and Pray.

Melli said...

I need YOUR energy, Youngster! I pray you have good news on the pub front later!

How WONDERFUL that people come out for morning prayer on a weekday. My MOTHER used to go to church every single morning of her life. Up before the birds, stop at church and then off to work. WE all thought she was nuts. Now I know better.