During one of my Lenten 'Pauses' this week, I had opportunity to reflect on all that has happened in our church, and our circuit over the past week.
On Monday, a group of women ministers from around the district gathered in the Upper Room to share their experiences of being Women in Ministry, and support each other. This year in the Methodist Church we remember that it is forty years since women were first ordained, and we reflected on the journey.
On Tuesday, the group of teachers who were part of our Khanyisa Teacher Training programme met (also in the Upper Room) as part of a new Khanyisa initiative, which is a 'support group' for pre-school teachers. While they were there, they met Tanya Lawson, who will be facilitating the teacher training programme this year for our new group of teachers.
On Wednesday evening, we gathered in the church for the first session in our Lent Course, entitled 'Who is this man?' And together we explored the impact Jesus has had on history and our own lives.
Thursday saw the Lent course running again, (in the morning at UMC and the evening at Westbrook). Our WA also met on Thursday morning, to put the final touches on the preparations for the WA district meetings happening at UMC in March. The ladies have been working so hard, and I felt so proud to be a UMC minister when I heard of all they had done.
Thursday evening was also the So-High AGM, where the governing body was elected, and Bev Mare appointed to serve on this board as our church representative. It is wonderful to have the great working relationship we have with this fantastic school.
Friday morning began with the prayer hour, and I spent some time with a small lent accountability group, sharing life and faith in a very special way. If you have a chance to connect with an accountability partner, I really encourage you to do so. It is a very meaningful way to grow in faith.
Again I am reminded of the incredible privilege it is to serve and minister in this place, and this week I am especially grateful for the UMC family, with whom I get to share life.