If you had to find an image for the work you do – whatever it is that preoccupies most of your time – what would it be?
This is mine:
Sometimes ministry can feel quite lonely so the lone dandelion represents it well. There are a number of other dandelions around, but actually I am often slightly separate from everyone else – you can really stand out in a clergy collar and people react in a variety of ways; I have had some crossing the street to avoid getting too close! There is something wonderful about what I do though, and about being a little on the periphery. Whilst it can be slightly lonely at times, it can also be a real privilege to be alongside people at the happiest and most difficult times of their lives. That is represented in this photograph by the light and vibrant green in the foreground and the darkness looming in the background.
How about you?
#636 #ministry – Is it mine or ours or God’s? Like the water rippling in this brook, each drop contributes to the water of the whole, which feeds into the #riverthames and eventually the North Sea – that’s the big picture that each drop is part of, created and sustained by God…#godsministry?
#528 Never before have I had such a lovely diary that it arrived in a box! An essential element of #ministry, and many other walks of life, is #organisation! With this one book my #timekeeping and organisation will be perfect….
#399 #day17 of placement involved a funeral preparation visit. Having been involved in a #funeral in the first week of placement, along with this has given me a real sense of the importance and privilege of #funeralministry. It seems to be one huge act of #service to a family, both in getting the preparations right, but also with pastoral care of mourners long after the funeral, when society expects normal life to have resumed. it’s such an important ministry which is a #privilege and comes with a huge #responsibility.
#387 #day5 of #placement involved a #homecommunion visit – it was such a privilege to take communion to a parishioner who had not been able to receive for months and share in that with them. #ministryoflove #ministryofservice
#385 The real #highlight of #placement #day3 was a #farmvisit under the guise of #blessingthecombineharvester. The farmer took great time to show us and tell us about all that they grow, and the highs and lows of farming. I really felt like I was getting alongside people and finding out what is important to them, and how I could serve them. The biggest challenge to the church in that particular area is that much of the village, once occupied by farm workers, is now inhabited by commuters who know very little about farming or harvesting. How can a church which was built in between farms, and has served farmers for years, enable the rural and the urban to meet, get to know one another, and flourish together? #ruralministry #sosurprisedwiththisruralenthusiasm
#340 #ordinationofpriests #dioceseofleicester The #privilege of the priestly ministry! Prayers for all ordained #priest today.
#337 Fish can be wonderfully calming. Over the last few days I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the #nightingalemacmillanunit in the #royalderby and have been so #humbled by the #love and #care that people give to those in the end stages of their lives. The atmosphere there is just lovely and relaxed with a fish tank to watch when things get a bit much! #amazingministry
#334 My #summerplacement has begun! For a month I will be walking alongside the parish of All Saints, observing and taking part in their ministry. It’s both a privilege and daunting…but exciting!
#311 #leaversday at #riponcollegecuddesdon today with a #eucharist and a #blessing of ordination stoles. It was very emotional and yet fitting that these Godly people move on to flourish in #ordainedministry – go with our love and prayers!