Just a quick heads up that things are going to be a bit slow around here as in other parts of life they are anything but slow.
Fortunately we are having some holiday at half term. However before that there are 12 weekday evenings (excluding Fridays – my day off). So far I am working 10 of them with the possibility of a meeting to fit in on one of the others.
With several lent courses following half term things won't slow down much.
One reason for the workload is that we have been rather short-staffed and that will continue until at least mid May.
Sadly the impact of that is visible beyond blogging. For one thing I have been trying to shake off a cough for 2 1/2 weeks, thought I had done so but 3 services and a ecumenical lunch on Sunday undid much of the progress and the assembly I took this morning was a bit of a trial voice wise.
Another classic indication of being rather more busy than is ideal is easily measured by either belt holes or the bathroom scales – neither giving encouraging feedback at the moment.
Yet another indication is the frequency of filling cars with fuel and paying for servicing – again not encouraging.
Anyway having written this I thought it would a sensible idea to look at the breakdown of those meetings:
- 2 evenings Fresh Expressions planning (2 different Fresh Expressions). Important to me as Circuit Fresh Expressions Enabler
- 2 evenings Circuit Leadership team (unusual to have meetings so close together but required at present)
- 2 evenings on a retreat for ministers in their 5th year of ministry
- 2 evenings as Chair of Church Councils (covering for a colleague)
- 1 evening taking part in a Fresh Expression (the other one meets on a Saturday evening so does not figure in this count).
- 1 evening at Methodist Council
- 1 possible meeting as a briefing on a key agenda item for a Church Council
I also have one Saturday at Whitechapel (4am til about 2pm).
Fortunately maybe a bit quieter for Sunday worship with only 2 services each Sunday (but I also have 2 services on the Sunday when we are away on holiday). On the other hand on 2 Sundays both services are in the same Church so no repeats.
Now off to get on with the 400+ A4 pages of reports/briefing papers for Methodist Council next week.