Gosh but it has been a busy old week/month/year and my blogging has been rather taking a back seat. This week’s diary has been full of funerals and book groups and visiting and prayer shawl group and magazine and article for Inspires and preparation for the Vestry Away Day. Phew!
And so it happened that on a snowy Saturday morning we found ourselves in the Carmelite Convent cottage in the heart of Falkirk where the sound of traffic is but a distant hum and all you can hear is birdsong and the occasional Angelus bell. The cottage in the grounds is the nuns’ gift to ecumenism, I’m told, available for anyone to use. Tea and coffee and lovely biscuits are all provided and all they ask is for a donation. (We also left a lemon drizzle cake.) And they allow us to use their chapel too for our Eucharist which is small and perfectly formed.
We gathered to discuss where we’ve been, where we are and where we would like to go. There was quite a bit of dreaming too – that bit was fun. If money were no object, what would you want in your church? Chairs instead of pews? New hymn books? Services at a later hour for young people who want a long lie or to take part in sport? More candlelit services? Modern vestments with matching altar frontals, burses and veils? More children and young people? Study groups? A new nativity set? Better heating? We had all of that and more.
From that list we had to prioritise three things to work on this year. These were:
- More people
- More money
- More pastoral care
And that feels like a good way to start. We have lots of ideas too which will hopefully help us achieve them. At the beginning of our day we played Vestry Bingo which worked well as an ice-breaker. Not only that, but we found out things we didn’t know about one another which is always useful when you are looking for volunteers later on! (Details provided if you’re interested!)
So if you had 3 wishes for whatever you want for your church, what would they be? Dream on…