I’m currently sitting in what can only be described as a mansion in Fritwell, near Bicester. The staff from the church are having some staff away time, primarily to look over and discuss our core values as a church, but also to allow us to get to know each other better.
It was about a two hour journey to the venue and our children’s worker, Emily and I kept ourselves entertained by trying to spot cars that were every colour of the rainbow. Unfortunately we arrived on site never having spotted that much elusive indigo coloured car! This probably wasn’t helped by me not really knowing what the colour indigo looked like, as well as my refusing to believe that indigo and violet are even real colours.
After finding our way through the house’s maze of rooms and after eating a great lunch supplied by Katherine, some of us shared a bit about our lives with a chance for questions afterwards. We then went on a walk around the local countryside. There was a lot of poo. I dislike poo. On arriving back at the house Jonty led us through a bible study on 1 Corinthians 1:1-9. Verses 4-9 gave us particular food for thought as we considered the impact words of thankfulness can have on a person, particularly when expressing thanks at their progress as Christians.
After another great dinner laid on by Katherine we played some games together. Highlights included a wonderful rendering of Noah’s ark in play dough and Andrew’s impression of a skunk. Please do ask him to recreate this the next time you see him in church!
Time for bed now. Looks like we’ve got a just day ahead of us tomorrow.