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Hunting the snark 22 February 2007

Posted by Dr Moose in Faith, Life.

After several months of thought, prayer and others, especially clergy, talking about the importance of looking after yourself and your family, I think our focus has changed. Instead of seeing the potential of Kings Hill and bemoaning the lack of human resources, and worrying about sustainability without us, we’ve recognised what has happened and what the possibilities for the future are. The more we think about it, the better it seems to leave that for others. I came to try “mission” in Kings Hill, seeds have been planted and there is a measure of fruit. I didn’t come to run two rural parishes as well, and made that plain at interview. I probably wouldn’t be best suited for Mereworth and West Peckham and would only really be taking them on to retain hold of Kings Hill. They would know that, and have every reason to resent it and not want me. And that’s the only way I can see to stay here in the medium to long term.

The emotional baggage with the Fellowship means that I’m probably not the best person to head this up any more. GLW has been showing increased stress over it all, and rarely ever has any chance to “receive.” Having decided to actively explore possibilities of a move has been tremendously liberating, and I think it would take a serious (divine?) intervention to change it.

I came into ministry via the Chaplaincy environment, with building a community among the students and responding to crises and have always said I would like to go back to it. LM is in Reception at school, so the end of the year would be as good a time as any to move, God willing. There’s even a Church of England Primary School very close, which is something GLW has wanted for LM since day one.

The post is Chaplain to a former C of E teacher training college and Anglican Chaplain to the wider University as a whole. It’s far closer to my skill set and experiences – and the 0.6 Pastoral 0.4 Teaching role is very attractive. It would put me back into being a Big Fish in a Small Pond and working with others far more.

There’s no guarantee I’ll get it, but like Kings Hill did in 2003 it feels right and makes sense.

I was already booked to see Bishop Brian this afternoon, so the timing is quite good, and most of my ad hoc Church Council, and several other reliable regulars know. And so, of course, do you now!

(It was rather cathartic to write that.)



1. Kathryn - 22 February 2007

Lots of prayers…There is a perceptible lightening even in the course of this post as you consider the new possibilities. Hope that things went well with the Bishop.

2. david - 22 February 2007

Much prayer that God will guide you. As someone from Paddock Wood with a wife from Yalding, we have a soft spot for that part of the world but I’m sure as and when you move on, God will lead and guide.

3. andy gr - 23 February 2007

Praying for you.

4. John - 23 February 2007

I hope that things sort themselves out well for you soon.

pax et bonum

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