#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?
#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.
#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
#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