Saturday, January 20, 2018

Catching up

Saturday 20th January 2018
Durham from the train
After a two-day residential meeting, I returned to northern snow and to a study snowed under by e-mails and paperwork waiting to be done.  I'm still on annual statistics, preparations for biennial ministry development review and some other admin, interspersed with Bible study group, preparatory Confirmation class, school visit and now sermon writing.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Time to reflect

Friday 12th January 2018
The "playdough" made a successful contribution to the Reflection Time in school as all years had a turn in moulding something which could help them to develop wisdom (whilst others were engaging with the gifts of the Magi or "wise men")

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A peculiar vocation

Wednesday 10th January
When I resigned from my academic post nearly thirty years ago, I never guessed that following my vocation would involve staying up to make "playdough" for the purposes of meditation in school tomorrow.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The first pause of 2018

Monday 8th January 2018
There hasn't been much time for taking pictures recently....Saturday: a training morning for lay people preparing to contribute to conducting worship, an afternoon service of prayer and dedication before a civil marriage and a reception, an evening of service preparations.  Sunday: Family Eucharist at Bellingham, Parish Communion at Falstone, an Epiphany Christingle service and a formal Evensong.  Monday: a school training session on safeguarding children, a seventy-mile round trip to the crematorium, a funeral at Bellingham followed by going over to Woodburn to collect a burial register and pause for a photograph as the sun went down.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Seasonal scenes

Friday 29th December 2017
Molly at home whilst I go off on foot to arrange a funeral

The snow decorates our tree more effectively than the lights do, as I set off for a birthday party at Tarset Village Hall.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Boxing Day

Tuesday 26th December 2017
Santa Claus comes to the Boxing Day meet

Christmas Day

Monday 25th December 2017

Just what I wanted!

Meanwhile, packed houses for Christingle Service at Bellingham, Midnight Mass, Family Eucharist and the Parish Communion at Thorneyburn.