When there's a lot on, it's difficult to sleep without waking regularly and wondering if all the jobs are done!
Today, there is Breakfast and Advent fun at Kilchoan, worship at Acharacle and the Peninsula Carols at Strontian this evening.
At previous Breakfasts we've had bingo in some format or another. This year we'll be giving it a miss: I struggle with Bingo!
The first year, I got it completely wrong and everyone had the same words on their sheet - last year someone else did it and all was well. How hard can it be!!! I have played Bingo before, admittedly it was a long time ago, and it's easy to find on-line ... but, good grief, the 'simple' things are hard sometimes. (I suspect there's a sermon in there somewhere, I must make a note.)
Anyway, perhaps I'll see you later?
Tuesday! Tuesday! Already!
Saturday morning at the Rotary Christmas Festival was fun. Chatting to adults and children is always interesting. After being 'dragged' around the stalls, the children like to have something just for them.
Saturday afternoon and evening were the continuation of prep for Sunday worship.
Sunday worship was at Acharacle first then down the peninsula to Kilchoan for worship there in the afternoon. It was communion Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent and the first Sunday in December. I'm never quite sure which definition means it is communion - first in December or first in Advent, I think it's December but it was easy this year!
On Monday morning I nipped out and picked up the manse mutt from kennels - she'd been there since I was away last week and wouldn't have had time for her over the weekend. Now she's home and asleep on the desk ( yes, really ) while I work.
Church lunches at Acharacle in the village hall and there was, as usual, a welcoming atmosphere, soup, bacon rolls, teas, coffees, biscuits and cake - thank you so much V for the wonderful Christmas cake!
Admin and prep for the rest of the day and today I'm off to Fort William for Presbytery this afternoon. There's a meeting of the village hall committee this evening and then bed.
Yesterday afternoon, we went off to Kilchoan in the mobile manse and stayed overnight. We = manse mutt and myself.
Good chats with various people and a lovely walk on the beach while being closely supervised by a nosey seal. Also did some reading and research for Sunday's sermon.
A month ago I was on holiday - and that seems like a long way back! Next week, I'm taking a couple of days off and away as that seems to be the only way to have a proper rest. I love being a minister but sometimes it empties you out. Next month will be busier.
What's been happening?
Aside from Sundays and the usual admin - a wedding, school and pastoral visits, Messy Church, coffee mornings, church lunches, session, presbytery, village hall, local development ad community council meetings, Remembrance and a special Time for Reflection.
Now it's planning for next month. There is absolutely no guarantee that there will be time for ay reflection but I'll try to put up a rough diary of what's been happening.
Meantime, I'll off to Kilchoan later today, in the camper van and with the manse mutt. I'll be taking the Posada (thanks to those who made the sheep!) and some Advent calendars into the Primary School so those items are ready for December.
Messy Church planning meeting this morning - getting ideas for Advent! Then a meeting about the future of the church building at Kilchoan. Promises to be an interesting day!
The pace is cranking up again! And school restarts in under a week!!!!
Both my car and the mobile manse have been serviced this week at the local garage - I haven't had the final bill yet but, as the garage is excellent, I'm sure it'll be ok.
This week, so far, there has been one pre-wedding chat, pastoral visiting, a meeting about a joint project with the neighbouring presbytery (over 100 miles round trip) and a visit to the local Men's Shed.
Men's Shed - how excellent is that! Great to see how it is set up, meet some of those involved and learn more about their purpose and their projects. Thank you, lovely people, for agreeing to build a Christmas tree stand for the village hall.
I'm off to Kilchoan tomorrow, in the mobile manse (once I get it back from the garage), for another pre-wedding chat and for a meeting.
If I can be of any help with faith matters, I'll be staying at Kilchoan and parking up opposite the church building. That sounds a bit serious but perhaps I should ask, 'How's your soul? Want to talk?' That's what your friendly local minister is for.
Yesterday, along with many others, I was invited to go to the Ardnamurchan Distillery to celebrate their 5th birthday. We heard about the whisky being made there, the expansion of the development and how most of the workforce are local folk. There was a delicious barbecue cooked by Jill at Ardshealach Lodge, and music from the Maclean brothers.
We also heard about a challenge. Those there were encouraged to support Broar; three brothers who are going to take part in a rowing race across the Atlantic. (Yes, really!). They will be supporting two charities in particular, Feedback Madagascar and Children First, Scotland’s national Children’s Charity.
Some photos and links. Please do follow the progress of Broar, the race doesn’t take place for a couple of months yet, and pray for the safety of all the competitors.