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mission 2

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Mark and Eva have gone to Belfast. Eva is being fitted for her bridesmaid dress (flower girl dress really but for Eva’s sake we tell her she is going to be a Bridesmaid) . I am not in Belfast – I am off on the college mission to Hardwicke tomorrow so wasn’t able to go!

I have posted on this mission already and it raised a few questions – both on the blog and in the pub! I have to say I am quite nervous about going into a rural parish and speaking not only about my faith but also about the Church of England and my calling to ministry. But I guess that is what I am being trained for. I am also going to miss Mark and Eva – I hadn’t really factored the missing them in to all of this. It has just hit me that it is holy week and I won’t be here. Again, I guess this is something I am going to have to get used to.

Anyway, this is a brief outline of what we are going to be doing:

Palm Sunday – Parish Eucharist with Palm Procession at Hardwicke (Common Worship) 11.00am

Holy Monday April 2nd
Morning of school work, school assembly, residential home service at 2.30pm,
and door to door visitations in the evening.

Holy Tuesday April 3rd
Our Parish Passover at 7pm.
Morning of school work, school assembly, community service, afternoon coffee meetings,
door to door visitations in the evening.

Holy Wednesday April 4th
Midweek Eucharist at 9am
Sheltered Accomodation Service at 10.30am,
Lent Lunch Meeting 12noon – 2pm, Afternoon Coffee Meeting 2.30pm,
and door to door visitations in the evening.

Maundy Thursday April 5th
Agape Meal at Hardwicke Church at 7pm.

Good Friday April 6th
Good Friday Children’s Workshop 10.00 – 12.30pm
At Hardwicke School
Good Friday Service at Elmore Church 12 noon.
“The Last Hour” Service at Hardwicke Church 2.00 – 3.00pm

Holy Saturday – Easter Eve April 7th
The Paschal Liturgy at Hardwicke Church 8.00pm

Easter Sunday

Easter Eucharist at Elmore(BCP) 8.00am
Parish Eucharist at Longney (Common Worship) 9.30am
Parish Eucharist at Hardwicke (Common Worship) 11.00am
Easter Family Celebration Service at Hardwicke 4.00pm
With the Trinity College Team

So, for those of you who are of the praying kind I would appreciate your prayers this week – for me, the team and the parish. Ta. xxx


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March 31, 2007 at 1:46 pm

if there is a bandwagon in town

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…then I am going to be on it. I have really enjoyed my 24hrs on Facebook. I have made lots of friends and have even poked ‘the Canon’. But it is a distraction from the real task a hand…

I am trying to sort out my PhD so it actually looks like a PhD and not a load of words in no particular order. Thankfully (hopefully) my study mate Liz H is going to help me put it in an electronic form that is acceptable so I can send ‘something like’ a draft to Sara next week. I am getting a bit weak with all this reading and sorting. I feel like Cinderella when I hear about my Facebook friends having holiday fun. I am stuck at home making stuff up! Hey ho.

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March 29, 2007 at 11:17 am

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I have got sucked into another e-world…Facebook me!

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March 28, 2007 at 2:14 pm

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In the last month I have emailed a some people about a few things that have been on my mind. You may well remember that I emailed Jerry Falwell about his sermon ‘The Myth of Global Warming’ (Please don’t buy this sermon DVD – it will only encourage him!). Although my letter was very polite Jerry hasn’t got back to me.
I also emailed Doug Naysmith my MP . To ask him how he voted on Trident – he hasn’t got back to me yet.
I emailed Christine Walkden about her gardening show – she has got back to me. No offer to help with the Foundation allotment though! hey ho.

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March 26, 2007 at 12:01 pm

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heaven and earth

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Today has been a day of lost hours and confusion. I got confused over British Summer Time – the last time I got confused and forgot to sort the clocks out was in 1992 – when I lived in Toxteth and was an hour late for St Philemons Church. Today was the 2nd time ever I made this mistake. I turned up to Cotham Church at 10.05am (I was going to be late anyway – Eva had decided at the last minute that she wanted to take a cucumber sandwich which put us back 5 mins). When I realised my mistake I could have turned back and saved myself the embarrassment but having got there I decided to brazen it out. I am not going to be able to be at Cotham for Easter (because of the Hardwicke mission) so this week was the last week for at least 3 that I will be there. I wanted to say hello etc etc.

Because I messed up with the clocks I did get to see Si Johnson on the Heaven and Earth Show on the BBC. He spoke brilliantly about the Protest4 / Truth isn’t Sexy campaign. He even got to speak about the Gospel. Good on yer Si. This campaign needs all of our support so please do join this protest against sex trafficking. All this lament about the end of Slavery 200 years ago will mean nothing if we don’t do something about our current injustices.

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March 25, 2007 at 2:12 pm

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christine’s garden

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I don’t really know why I watched this last night- but I am glad I did. It was really entertaining and Christine was amazing. A true enthusiast and very funny. This week she went on the Kirklees railway, next week ‘Christine also finds the time to help her neighbour Reg prune a magnolia tree’ (Reg is one of the happiest men I have ever seen on the BBC!). I joke not…watch Christine’s Garden and you will feel great about the world. You can watch a couple of previews and see for yourself.

There is talk of a Foundation allotment – if we could get Christine to come and look at it and get us going it would be brilliant.

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March 24, 2007 at 6:49 pm

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water aid

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My step son Joseph’s mother, Vanessa Ashton, is the director for fundraising at Water Aid. She is, as I write, down at the Eden Project with Adam Hart-Davis launching the charity’s campaign for World Water Day – which is today. You probably got an envelope through your door in the last few days asking you to donate money to this charity. It is a pretty amazing organisation so if you could spare some cash then please do. If you haven’t got a penny then please go to the website and join the lobby of governments worldwide to End Water Poverty.

By the way Mark and I are thinking about doing the second Coast Along for WaterAid event that takes place on Saturday 15 September 2007. We will need a team and to do a bit of fundraising. So, if anyone is up for it do let us know!

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March 22, 2007 at 1:33 pm

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