Over a month since I last wrote anything on here; I know that some folk keep an eye on it to see what I’m up to and I apologise to them. It does genuinely astonish me that some folk care enough about me to read this drivel.
So what have I been up to for the last month ?
Well its been a very busy time. We’ve just begun an Alpha course at Swanwick Chapel; going great and already some lively exchanges of views. Although held at one of my churches its being supported by participants, catering and other jobs by people from right across the area. Very exciting.
Last Saturday (12th) we launched our Mission Shaped Ministry course at Huthwaite. MSM is a part of the whole Fresh Expressions (of Church) movement which is revolutionising Church all over the country. I attended the course in Lincoln in 2007 (see previous posts) and am now part of a planning team responsible for rolling out the course across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. We had 36 participants at the launch last week from a variety of backgrounds. Excellent teaching sessions, lot of fun and laughter. Its going to be as busy and tiring course but a good one.
On top of all this I have been somewhat embroiled in the reshaping for mission programme that the Methodist Church connexionally is following. This is encouraging churches/circuits to look at their life and make changes to place mission at the forefront. For the Ripley circuit this will have far reaching effects as we split the circuit next Sept 2010 to merge with other circuits and create two larger groupings. This has been a painful decision but for mission purposes I believe is right.
The upshot is that Alison and I will now move into one of the circuits and have to move house, again !
Alison is entering her final year of Ordination training and is now on the lookout for a parish (in our new area) in which to serve as a curate. Please pray for her.
The girls and Jamie have moved out over this last month and the house seems a lot quieter but they call in regularly to see us, eat our food, watch out tv and pinch the computer ! Still we wouldn’t have it any other way.
All in all, its been a very busy time; thanks again to those who support the Redshaws, it means an awful lot.