Let it never be said that my days are always the same.
Last night we had another long vestry meeting, as we continued to engage with child and vulnerable adult protection. It looks increasingly as if we might have to get the majority of our congregation disclosed, given the number of volunteers we have who might have some contact with young and/or vulnerable people. I think some of the larger churches will struggle to implement policies that are really geared up for small congregations. The present guidelines are a huge, but necessary, administrative burden.
Speaking of admin, this morning was devoted to me doing a lot of it, with the trusty help of Ruth in the office. We've got a big mailing to do this week, as a result of our vestry meeting. Any help stuffing envelopes that might be available on Thursday morning could contact Ruth (admin[at]stsilas.org.uk).
This afternoon felt like a lot of heavy duty spiritual stuff was around. I met with several people who are being afflicted by, or who are dabbling in, the occult. This is always a very sensitive and difficult area to deal with. All the more so when someone suggests that witchcraft and the Christian faith are compatible, as was suggested to me today. I had to keep my wits about me.
Tonight we were interviewing for some new staff members, and it was an encouraging hour or so. I think God will be strengthening our team in the months to come. Exciting times.....
I rounded off the day by sampling some fine port and M & S chocolates at baby Ross D's 'head-wetting'. I left when the cigars came out, as I'm still coughing away, and that would just have ended me. I enjoyed the convivial company.
I really ought to get out more.............. I notice that some of our guys are organising a 'Men4Curry' evening this coming Monday (contact Rob at rand7263[at]yahoo.com if you want to come).