Priorities – an update

Priorities – an update

My last post described the near-meltdown position of what needed to be done, and sought your advice and your prayers.

I think just writing it down helped greatly and I was able to make some rational changes, and rationalise on many other things. Maybe I do need a system, maybe I just need to stay focussed on what is achievable.

Delegation is a difficult topic. In principle I am totally committed to collaborative ministry and shared responsibility, but in a volunteer organisation amongst those who look to someoneelse for drive, in reality delegation is difficult, and for projects to succeed, they need to be driven.

So, this is the revised list

  • DAC Presentation on font and church hall
    • To include extensive explanations why this is the best solution, which the architect hasn’t time to prepare, so I need to have ready.
    • Deadline: 23rd July Postponed until after Summer, when the Architect can take the lead on things
  • Summer Camp Liturgy and Worship on Easyworship will be sending along STE standard slides and they can shape them into what they need
    • Deadline: 24th July
  • Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage 26th July to 8th August Will have to do it when I get there. I have a kit list and a packing list
    • Leave here 26th July for 2 weeks
  • Ordinand Supervision for next 10 days
    • Reports due by 24th July started writing report.
  • Blesséd Mass
    • Deadline: 19th July
    • Desert of lack of inspiration on key areas for worship, especially Gospel text: Matthew 20 etc Great Commission Had Genius idea, completed video and now just need people to come on 19th July to worship. If only 10 5 2 people come and God is worshipped then Blesséd is doing what it is supposed to
  • Greenbelt  27-31st August
    • Blesséd Mass for adults (date and time still not confirmed) –  July 19th to provide 75% of Mass. No benediction this year
    • Blesséd Mass for Youth (low-tech, nothing as yet organised) will use Simple Mass for an All-Nighter adapted for use in this context
    • Discussion alongside Ian Adams and Nadia Bolz-Weber (much more eminent than me) not my problem on “Rhythm & calendars, feast-days & fasting: Maggi Dawn hosts a conversation exploring the attention paid to the ebb & flow of the Christian calendar in emerging worship.” Of which I know nuuthing. Will busk it. The time clashes close to the Youth mass. If I have to leave this arena to do for the other, then so be it. I am not worried.
    • A vague suspicion that I have another worship to lead from Blesséd as well, but of which I have no information. I feel not very in control of what is expected of me, and I am worried Not my problem any more. Out of my hands. Will do what I can for Blesséd and do it as best as I can
  • MaryMass at Glastonbury, 16th August

    • Have absolutely no idea what I am supposed to be doing for this: an email mentions a screen and a projector and beyond that – help! Withdrawn.
  • Sacramental alt.worship book
    • Needs to be written before the end of November.
  • House Purchase to be finalised, and my bolthole moved into.
  • Scouts Centenary Service for Holy Spirit declined
  • Diocese Database CSS fixes declined – they were designed to be user-configurable.
  • SCP
  • Brune Park Chaplaincy
  • Weddings handed over
  • Baptisms handed over
  • Funerals quiet period
  • Bible Study and Discipleship Caroline (Ordinand) led last Monday’s very well. Stopped now over Summer
  • All night youth event with Youth Evangelism Fund money
    • 23rd September
    • Nothing sorted for that yet, amid  the constant fear that the Sunday night youth group might just implode in teenage apathy. “If you book it, they will come”
  • Friday’s Youth Club
    • new school year, new challenges
    • funding issues
    • Church Hall issues
  • Parish Pilgrimage to the Shrine, 20-22nd November
  • Induction as Vicar, 16th September Past caring. Draft liturgy with Archdeacon. AFAIAC it will be a nice Mass, and anything else will be a bonus. Mass we do.
  • Mass… as always what keeps me going
  • Pastoral Care … they are always with us. Have to do some Ambulance chasing to QA tomorrow
  • Divine Office ,,, of course another thing which sustains me, if I have to be honest
  • Wife and children – with their own special stresses and strains this GCSE and A’Level year as well as Lou’s NQT year. Will happen. Staying put now, so let it flow
  • School Governor x 2 with new Ofsted Inspection, new SEF and a Single Equality Policy to devise. Almost finished SEP now
  • Blesséd Daily Text – both a delight and a right drag
  • …and lots of other things besides

See, looks better already. Thank you for your prayers and support. Much appreciated.


spr administrator

Priorities – an update

My last post described the near-meltdown position of what needed to be done, and sought your advice and your prayers.

I think just writing it down helped greatly and I was able to make some rational changes, and rationalise on many other things. Maybe I do need a system, maybe I just need to stay focussed on what is achievable.

Delegation is a difficult topic. In principle I am totally committed to collaborative ministry and shared responsibility, but in a volunteer organisation amongst those who look to someoneelse for drive, in reality delegation is difficult, and for projects to succeed, they need to be driven.

So, this is the revised list

  • DAC Presentation on font and church hall
    • To include extensive explanations why this is the best solution, which the architect hasn’t time to prepare, so I need to have ready.
    • Deadline: 23rd July Postponed until after Summer, when the Architect can take the lead on things
  • Summer Camp Liturgy and Worship on Easyworship will be sending along STE standard slides and they can shape them into what they need
    • Deadline: 24th July
  • Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage 26th July to 8th August Will have to do it when I get there. I have a kit list and a packing list
    • Leave here 26th July for 2 weeks
  • Ordinand Supervision for next 10 days
    • Reports due by 24th July started writing report.
  • Blesséd Mass
    • Deadline: 19th July
    • Desert of lack of inspiration on key areas for worship, especially Gospel text: Matthew 20 etc Great Commission Had Genius idea, completed video and now just need people to come on 19th July to worship. If only 10 5 2 people come and God is worshipped then Blesséd is doing what it is supposed to
  • Greenbelt  27-31st August
    • Blesséd Mass for adults (date and time still not confirmed) –  July 19th to provide 75% of Mass. No benediction this year
    • Blesséd Mass for Youth (low-tech, nothing as yet organised) will use Simple Mass for an All-Nighter adapted for use in this context
    • Discussion alongside Ian Adams and Nadia Bolz-Weber (much more eminent than me) not my problem on “Rhythm & calendars, feast-days & fasting: Maggi Dawn hosts a conversation exploring the attention paid to the ebb & flow of the Christian calendar in emerging worship.” Of which I know nuuthing. Will busk it. The time clashes close to the Youth mass. If I have to leave this arena to do for the other, then so be it. I am not worried.
    • A vague suspicion that I have another worship to lead from Blesséd as well, but of which I have no information. I feel not very in control of what is expected of me, and I am worried Not my problem any more. Out of my hands. Will do what I can for Blesséd and do it as best as I can
  • MaryMass at Glastonbury, 16th August

    • Have absolutely no idea what I am supposed to be doing for this: an email mentions a screen and a projector and beyond that – help! Withdrawn.
  • Sacramental alt.worship book
    • Needs to be written before the end of November.
  • House Purchase to be finalised, and my bolthole moved into.
  • Scouts Centenary Service for Holy Spirit declined
  • Diocese Database CSS fixes declined – they were designed to be user-configurable.
  • SCP
  • Brune Park Chaplaincy
  • Weddings handed over
  • Baptisms handed over
  • Funerals quiet period
  • Bible Study and Discipleship Caroline (Ordinand) led last Monday’s very well. Stopped now over Summer
  • All night youth event with Youth Evangelism Fund money
    • 23rd September
    • Nothing sorted for that yet, amid  the constant fear that the Sunday night youth group might just implode in teenage apathy. “If you book it, they will come”
  • Friday’s Youth Club
    • new school year, new challenges
    • funding issues
    • Church Hall issues
  • Parish Pilgrimage to the Shrine, 20-22nd November
  • Induction as Vicar, 16th September Past caring. Draft liturgy with Archdeacon. AFAIAC it will be a nice Mass, and anything else will be a bonus. Mass we do.
  • Mass… as always what keeps me going
  • Pastoral Care … they are always with us. Have to do some Ambulance chasing to QA tomorrow
  • Divine Office ,,, of course another thing which sustains me, if I have to be honest
  • Wife and children – with their own special stresses and strains this GCSE and A’Level year as well as Lou’s NQT year. Will happen. Staying put now, so let it flow
  • School Governor x 2 with new Ofsted Inspection, new SEF and a Single Equality Policy to devise. Almost finished SEP now
  • Blesséd Daily Text – both a delight and a right drag
  • …and lots of other things besides

See, looks better already. Thank you for your prayers and support. Much appreciated.


spr administrator