Thought For The Week 11 August 2019
I have just come back from 11 days in Nelson attending the Caleb Leadership Course which is designed to grow and sharpen leadership skills in areas of relationships, communication, motivation, management, creativity and decision making. Some of the material was familiar to me and so was a good refresher, while much was new learning for me and I look forward to bringing some of these new skills to bear on my vocation. There were 10 participants on the course, mostly pastors but also some who worked for a mission organisation and 2 evangelists. I’m very thankful to the parish council for allowing me to attend and spend some time in the classroom once more.
The parish council have taken the decision to give extended leave to Rory to help him to fully recover from his tonsil operation in May. Soon after this operation, when he would normally be recovering, he faced the tragic death of his brother with its accompanying grief and stress. Because of this, he has not been able to recover fully and so more time is needed. He will be on leave from 8 Aug- 9-Sep.
This overlaps with my scheduled leave (19 Aug- 1 Sep) so for a 2 week period we will not have a minister in the parish. However, any pastoral matters or concerns can be directed to Lois Shipley 684 7511 who will see these are attended to. Our services will be covered by our wonderful lay leaders.
Please keep Rory and his family in your prayers that he may recover fully.