Wednesday, 10 June 2009

The countdown continues

Today I travelled to another town to be interviewed by a priest that I didn't know, about my deacon's essay. He was pleasantly welcoming and the interview was relaxed (ish), and he telegraphed the difficult questions with a grin. He now has to write some notes for the Bishop about the essay and me, ready for my interview with the Bishop at the end of the month.

Another milestone completed.

In my mind this was going to be a quiet time, winding down and finding stillness and peace, but my diary in quite full at the moment, and I have a sense of 'lots to do' before going on retreat. Someone phoned me today to try to arrange a time to meet - also a person with a full diary; it looks as if it won't happen. In this case I'm not sure how comfortable to be with the ships-that-pass-in-the-night nature of the encounter, but maybe that is meant to be.

One aspect of pastoral work is that the to-do list is never-ending, and I have to draw the line at what is possible. It would be nice not to feel pangs about the not possibles though.


  1. Interesting Helen as part of my agreement with my new Circuit is to prioritise Pastoral Visiting, we have trained Pastoral visitors so letting og is a huge part of Methodist Ministry.

    Prayers as you move forward.

  2. You people are all far more rigourous than our diocese. As Peter Cook put it - they just ask us one question, they say "what is your name?" and I got 50%.

  3. But maybe they figure we've been through enough already?

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