from the vicar
Sitting in my in-tray for the last 6 months has been a folder marked “Filing: Sophie to read.” I had snuck the odd peak inside from time to time, but never really read it properly. I had many other things to focus on when I started and I figured I would get around to it soon enough.
However, it pressed on my mind. I don’t like a full in tray, and this folder was really big. It was taking up a lot of space both in the tray and in my mind. I imagined I was going to have to find a whole lot of places to put these files and confess to avoiding the folder for this reason. Consequently, I felt guilty for not attending to it sooner.
Today, I decided, it was time. It turns out this wasn’t information I absolutely had to read. Rather it was information that I needed to know existed, should I ever need to know when the proteas had been planted, or what the Archbishop had said at the blessing of the lift, I could look in the filing cabinet.
I can’t tell you what a relief it was to happily hand the folder to Tara for filing!
How often do we build something up in our minds to be bigger than it really is?
If we think about becoming more engaged with the community or growing the health of our church, does this feel like that big folder on my desk? Does it feel like it’s something we know we need to do, but worry about how it might impact on us?
What a surprise it might be to discover it might be easier than we think? We’re already making good connections through Sunday Suppers, but what more could we do? How might we connect with our café loving neighbours? Or those who scour the book shop for things to restore their spirits or those who sit and journal? Or the children who play footy on our front lawn? Or those who sit on our front steps to chat?
There are many opportunities for us to extend ourselves, but of course we need to be prepared to take some risks and give of our time to support any new initiatives. Parish Council have their planning day this week. I wonder what might come out of our visioning and how involved you might like to be?
Love and blessings
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National Church life survey
The results of the National Church Life Survey completed in late 2016 about the Parish are now available. Please download the file below.