Weekly Check-in (41)

What a beautiful day! This would all be so much worse if it was a stormy November, don’t you think?

So, another week has gone by, and it’s not been simple. Overall, it’s getting a 6/10.

This week I have made 44 phone calls, taken a funeral, recorded a daily reflection (link here) and recorded two services for this Sunday. I’ve contributed to the VE Day service which will be released later on. I have also had a zoom chat with my cell group, said morning prayer with the lovely people from L11, had ‘dinner’ with a couple of friends and continued to have daily Facebook calls with my family.

On Saturday, we had a big sleep in and enjoyed some lovely food. Sunday involved more church from the living room. I preached and the service is available here. The rest of the week has been much the same as the last few, apart from the funeral.

The funeral went as well as it could have done, but it’s so far removed from how I usually do funeral ministry that I can’t help but feel guilty that some things, like meeting the family beforehand, and offering handshakes at the end, are missing.

Also, I have found that I’m starting to struggle with not knowing what’s going to happen. I know we are all in the same boat, I know that nobody knows what the future holds. For me, it’s mostly that I don’t yet know when I will be licenced as vicar. There’s just a lot of unknowns at the moment, and that weighs heavy sometimes.

But the week hasn’t been all bad. I’ve enjoyed going for my walks, spending more time with Nathan and having no evening meetings!

I have also cooked some new kinds of food…

And managed a bit of spring cleaning…

The weekly star this week is Edwina. Edwina has been calling friends, neighbours and church members so much during lockdown that her landline phones all broke! Last week, she literally wore them out! That really is commitment to looking out for others! Thankfully, she has been able to order some new phones off the internet, so she is now able to call people again. What a star!

That’s it from me for now.

Take care and keep safe x

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