Happy new year!
Once again, it is Friday night and I am snuggled up in the corner of the sofa, laptop on knee and chinese consumed with something excellent on the TV (tonight’s viewing is Bridgerton!).
Anyway, this week: 8/10.
Mark, my vicar boss when I was a curate, taught me to take it easy the week after Christmas. I took today off and didn’t do a huge amount the rest of the week. On Tuesday, I took a Foodbank delivery at church, saw a funeral family and met with Liz, church warden, to count a load of money and to give church a tidy up.
Wednesday was Foodbank, as usual. We fed ten people, which is a lot less than the 40 we fed last week, but as most of the agencies who give out vouchers are closed between Christmas and New Year, ten people felt quite busy! In the afternoon I wrote my sermon for Sunday morning and did a bit of funeral prep.
Yesterday was the first outreach event at The Good Shepherd since I arrived. I came up with the idea a while ago. I wanted to give people a chance to mentally step from one year into the other using various stations. We asked different questions, encouraging people to leave behind what was bad in 2020 and look to 2021 with hope. Myself and two volunteers stood outside church and chatted to passers by for two hours, and lots of people engaged. It took a lot out of me and I was shattered by the time I got home, but I was so pleased we did it because we met some lovely people, and it seemed to be really appreciated.
The weekly star is a lady who works for a charity in Liverpool who are linked to the Whitechapel Center getting homeless people out of hostels and into proper houses. She came with two foodbank vouchers on Wednesday morning and disappeared to take the parcels to her clients. About an hour later, she came back with a third voucher because somebody else needed food. She could have waited until tomorrow, but instead she came the second time in a day. It’s the little things that make a big difference!