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Protected: Fear.

October 3, 2010

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Protected: Depression and Anxiety Caused by Hormonal Deficiencies

September 26, 2010

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Protected: Manchester, Social Etiquette? and Men are from Mars

September 19, 2010

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Aroma

September 15, 2010

Today I started my placement for the Autumn term. I’m working with Aroma, which is the Women’s Bible Study on a Wednesday morning. About 70 women of varying generations come each week, which is amazing! I’m in a group led by Melinda and Hilda, I’m really looking forward to getting to know these women of God better over the time I have here; learning and praying with them.

We’re studying John, and where better else to start off the first week than with John 1;

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood.

It’s the beginning of this passage which, at Advent and Christmas services has always made my hair stand on end, the shiver down your spine. Each time I read or hear it I am blown away by it. I remember it took me a while to comprehend that the Word here is Jesus, and that Jesus existed before the incarnation, and that he had an active role in creation. But once you grasp that, his life on earth, his sacrifice, giving up all that he had with the Father, is so much more powerful.

One of the things we discussed in our group, which I’d never thought about before regarding 1:5. The light shines in the darkness. Light can dispel darkness, but darkness can never dispel light. Amazing.

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Protected: Weekend in the ‘shire

September 12, 2010

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Week One on our own…

September 11, 2010

Here we go; it’s down to us…

On Monday I arrived at work in time for Staff Fellowship Groups followed by Staff Lunch. It was our first Staff Lunch with everyone back after the summer. I love it. We were introduced to the new Apprentices who have just started their year this week. We had our meeting with Dave, reviewing the previous week and looking at the week ahead. Our Monday Training sessions start next week, so we got ahead with prep. for the evening as there was a Fellowship Group Support meeting for all the Fellowship Group leaders.

On Tuesday John and I were on duty for the Prayer Gathering shift. All of us Church Assistants were invited to the front to be introduced officially to the Church Family, which ended up being hilarious as ever!

On Wednesday, after being rudely awoken by builders and diggers outside my bedroom at 7.15am, I began early to set up for the Aroma leaders meeting and training session before it starts up again next week for the new term. Mark repeated a talk of his from Cornerstone on the Gospel of John, as that’s what they’ll be looking at each week. The others’ were all painting two rooms upstairs whilst I got on with the ‘normal’ Wednesday duties. Hannah and Oscar appeared to get more paint on each other than on the walls! The others wound up staying late to get the rooms finished, but I’d done all my tasks, so went home and slept… for 4 hours! I felt rubbish, but it was John’s birthday party, had it been any other social I probably wouldn’t have gone, but I thought having slept for 4 hours I would be alright… Oscar had cooked a feast for us, but it was all a bit behind schedule due to finishing work late! We ate around 10pm… Hannah and Maw had made John a birthday cake which was lovely, too. Dave gave me a lift home when the celebrations finished around midnight, but I really wasn’t feeling well again 😦 I wound up being up, ill most of the night, and had to take Thursday off ill. My first full sick day. Sad times.

I picked up again by late afternoon, at which point I had the dilemma of going to the ASO rehearsal for Manchester next weekend. On the one hand, it may well pick me up mentally and physically by getting out the house, seeing people and being productive. I am working next Thursday evening so I can’t make the rehearsal, so I felt I should go this week. Yet I didn’t know how it would look being in church playing my cello, having been off ill all day. And the worry of if I go, I may not be so well tomorrow…?! I decided to go for it in the end, and I’m glad I did; it was the right decision 🙂

On Friday I did my first solo shift at St Paul’s Robert Adam Street. I was working for Jelly Beans, the Mum’s and Toddler’s group which is an outreach of All Souls. I then had various cleaning tasks to do, which I finished early, so I used the opportunity to cycle over from SPRAS to All Souls, using my new Boris Bike key! Initially it took a while to get a bike to come out of a dock, once I did, I realised how bumpy roads in London are! I then discovered that I don’t fully know the one-way systems around the area, and ended up going in more of a zig-zag direction to get back to church!

On Friday evening we were all invited for dinner at the Enns’ house; John Stott’s former home. We had fun times with them, eating very yummy food and getting to know Louanne and Paul a bit more. After some persuasion, Dave offered to drop me and my Cello off at St Pancras Station for a train back to the ‘shire for Colette’s 20th. I found it hilarious that on the way out of the Enns’ flat, Dave caught his shoelace in the door and had to call the buzzer to be freed!

More Anon. Here’s a few pictures from the week;

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Week 4 – Training Complete

September 4, 2010

We have finished our final week of training.

On Monday, Maw and I ventured to Nottinghill Carnival for the afternoon. It was an experience! We found the Carnival procession and watched that for a while.

It was strange for me, going from my experiences of Radcliffe village Carnival, where everything was pretty organised and strict, to this year at Nottinghill where there were no barriers to prevent pedestrians from walking on the road in the way of the floats! Each float seemed to have it’s own crowd control team and Maw said that although there were no barriers this year it seemed less crowded, we presume because there was no bottle neck at gaps in the fencing to cross the road…?

I really liked the Jamacan food 🙂

The noise was unbelievably loud! We walked past some speakers and the ground was shaking, it was as if there were an earthquake! As I lay on my bed that evening, the ringing in my ears was so intense!

On Monday evening, Maw, John and I went to Melinda and Ross’ house for dinner, it was lovely to hang out and get to know the other staff more 🙂

Tuesday was Monday, in the sense that we needed to do the regular Monday morning duties. In the afternoon we had Fire warden training, which was enlightening, although I was a little disturbed by the video of the Bradford Football Stadium Fire in 1989.

On Wednesday we were shown what to do at the Welcome Desk, which we cover each Thursday morning. We then went to St Peter’s Vere Street, the home of the LICC. Dave showed us around the building etc. We spent the afternoon in the Rectory Basement tidying and cleaning ready for the new term. I needed a nap before working the evening shift for the last Summer Bible Study of 2010.

On Thursday we met Jack, the Chef. He gave us Food Handling training and told us all the rules of the kitchen. He is happy for us to use the kitchen ourselves, as long as we obey his rules! Fair play, I feel…

We spent the afternoon setting up the church for the weekend… from now on, it’s all ‘normal’ shifts, and down to us?!

Here’s some pictures from our first month together for you to have a browse:

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