|Inspiration and encouragement|
|Written by Peter Johnston|
|Monday, 09 March 2009 17:31|
A tremendously moody picture of the Gothic lump we know as Glasgow University: photo taken by my sister's partner, Claus. I love it.
Technically Monday is supposed to be my day off. Even at the best of times that is a bit of a laugh, but today it is a total wash... [There's more...]First thing this morning the Calderside Learning Community Chaplaincy Team were together again as we made final preparations for The Easter Code: Can you crack it? - the Easter event we are putting on for Primary 7 children in all the associated primary schools in a week or so. This has really crept up on us fast! This morning we were in St A's practising the mime to go along with the "Ten Minute Gospel" summary of Jesus' life from baptism to the entry to Jerusalem.
We are looking for gazebos to borrow (we can't purchase any as nowhere has them for sale yet!!) for The Easter Code so if you have one let me know! Also, a reminder for church members that we need volunteers to help on the morning of Monday 30 March when we are hosting the event at St Andrew's.
From St Andrew's it was straight up to Glasgow University to speak to some of the students and candidates for ministry (thanks for your hospitality and singing, Tanya, Jonathan, Fiona, Kirsty and Isabelle!) where I talked about chaplaincy work and introduced them to what we had done at Christmas time with Bubblegum 'n' Fluff. It was a privilege to share with the students what we have been busy with here in Blantyre and in Hamilton and encouraging to see their enthusiasm. Being able to share good practise and ideas is so vital in ministry and chaplaincy - all too often ministers are working alone on creating material whereas working together so much more can be achieved.
On that high note it was back to Hamilton for a management meeting with our Schools & Churches Youth Development Worker and again it was encouraging to see what is going on across the presbytery to foster links between churches and schools.
Having got back home I was finally able to follow up on a phone call from a reporter at The Times which led to a discussion with one of the trustees at the David Livingstone Centre about their future. They are seeking funding from other sources to do all they can to keep the Centre open - especially important during this Year of Homecoming.
That done, I'm off to make a coffee, have some supper and have a short break now before heading out tonight for an induction at Cadzow Parish Church in Hamilton.