Well we are now very much living in Arnold on the outskirts of Nottingham. Our time is being spent settling into our manse as well as getting to know some of the people of the surrounding churches. Those things are going well. Our welcome service is on DSeptember 1st here in Arnold.
The downside is that we are presently without telephone or internet links - thank you Talk Talk! Still it must be insulting to be turned down as a call person by this particular company although how much is a staff issue and how much is a organisational issue I do not know. I certainly understand the bad press they have received as recently as in the Daily Mail only a week ago.
I do not know how exactly ministry will unfold here. Every situation is different. I guess that I will be seeking to play a part as a Bible teacher, as a pastor and also as a prophet. I remain convinced that church is both enabling people to live worthwhile lives and also to fearlessly challenge injustices as did the one we follow.
My first sermon will be based on the Jesus Manifesto and will look at what it is to bring good news to the poor.
Meanwhile it is interesting to read that more and more people will depende on private rented sector for homes in coming years. What a surprise! the result is that with rents being more expensive than mortgages people at bottom of the ladder will be paying more and guess what? Those able to buy up property face a bonanza. So when you hear we are all in it together just blow a raspberry. You are being conned!