Pounding of the Preacher

Not what you think!  In some parts of the USA there is a tradition called Pounding of the Preacher where each member of the congregation brings a pound or packet or tin or something for the freezer for a new priest when they move in. That way the larder is stocked and shopping can be delayed while they undoubtedly unpack a zillion books. Good idea, huh?

9 thoughts on “Pounding of the Preacher

  1. Laundry, cupboard filling, are you trying to tell us something? I still think it is a bit risky, imagine what you would do with 50 bags of sugar and 50 of flour, not to mention the out of date cans of beans and soup…! You know the ones that always turn up for the harvest table or hamper raffle and have to be tactfully removed!

  2. No, not hinting just curious at how others care for clergy. Church not generally good at caring for clergy. My little flock, of course, is excellent!

    Yes, you are right about the out-of-date stuff. At the Rock Trust we asked for tins for homeless youngsters setting up home and got old and rusty stuff. ‘They ought to be grateful!’

  3. I heard rumour of a priest in our very own SEC who moved in to find that a well stocked kitchen and sparkling house awaited him.

    This was a week or two after I’d moved in and worked half the night scrubbing the kitchen before making dinner.

    (and should any of my flock be reading this, you may well say I should do that more often. But my house is never cleaner than the day I leave it.)

  4. I know. I can’t believe the state some rectories are left in. My current one was relatively clean but the painter had sprayed paint on every surface and window and nobody had cleaned it. I’m still scraping!

    And likewise, my house is the cleanest ever on the day I leave. Never let is be said…

  5. I know, Moyra, I know. I remember one woman used to come in to the office each September when they were putting their boat away for the winter! She would deposit rusty and bashed and out of date tins and really thought the homeless should be grateful. Yeh, grateful for food poisoning.

  6. I didn’t know that tins went out of date. Does this mean that I ought to throw out the tin of herring milts that came with us when we moved 22 years ago? (By the way, I love fresh herring milts, but it has never seemed worth opening a scrubby little tin; in fact, tomatoes, pineapple and baked beans aside, I don’t really do tins.)

  7. I moved into a shiney new vicarage, but nobody came near me at all until the licensing service so I felt ever so slightly as if they were madly regretting the appointment and trying to pretend that it hadn’t happened…Thankfully subsequent events have done nothing ot confirm this, but I’ll know if I’m ever on the other side of the tracks, or receiving a curate or whatever….a teeny bit of recognition would make a huge difference.

  8. Shiny new vicarages are a rarity, imho! And I guess they all think you will need space to unpack but you are quite right. What we really want is company. Yes, I would do it differently too!

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