Thursday, 30 September 2010


I think I may have put my foot in it in the closing part of my previous post and have been gently taken to task by Gerry for doing so.
I would be quite happy of course for any of my readers to pray for those people who have submitted work for marking - my comment was made to Methodists on the basis that as the folk are training to be Methodist Local Preachers it is more likely to be other Methodists who will benefit from their ministry. There was no intention to exclude other Christians and I hope all of my readers whether a member of a faith community or not will spare a thought for the folk who have submitted and will have a two month wait to receive their results.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Connexional Assessment

Well today was the day that Methodist Local Preachers in training have to submit their assignments to Church House for marking. I am expecting a parcel in the next few days with another batch of section 'B' of the Faith and Worship course.
I have been marking for a while now and always find it an interesting experience and always feel that there is a good future for the Methodist Church in respect of its preachers who are in training at the present time.
I have seen some quite excellent work and some extremely interesting services that have been prepared and used by some of the preachers. I often say I wish I had been present in the services and this is very true as there is such a breadth of material.
I would like to wish all those who have submitted every success and ask that those of my readers who are Methodists pray for the students as they wait anxiously to see how they have done.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

What? No Post?

An interesting question I suppose given it has been a while since I posted anything, and I am not sure I can give a reason why other than a period blogging wise with Ezekiel in the valley of the dry bones.
There have been lots of things going on and like most of my readers the usual busyness with working full time and being active in church matters does sometimes eat into the majority of any day.
I suppose it would also be true to say there has not been anything that has really made me feel like sitting down and writing something on here - nothing that has really mad me mad or sad.
The nearest I came to putting something was about the report that came to Synod about the future of the Presidency of the Methodist Conference but having had a fairly lengthy debate at our Synod I think even that didn't excite me enough to say something.
My Methodist readers will know that next week is the date for our on trial preachers to submit their work for marking so in the next two weeks I am expecting a fairly large parcel from Church House with a number of people's work to mark.
One interesting thing on marking was we had a visiting speaker at our Synod who told us she had just become a fully accredited Local Preacher and I had marked her section B work so was quite pleased to hear she had been successful.
Thanks to David and Gerry for prompting me to post something - I will try to do better in future.