Day 2 in Fritwell has been long but good. We had two sessions in the morning, one discussing our core values and what they should be and one discussing how they should change the life of All Saints & St. Richard’s. I didn’t really contribute much to these as I felt it was better to let the big boys kick those around and just watch where the balls landed.
Lunch was followed by some free time during which I chanced another walk, which joyfully turned out to be poo free this time. After this we had an afternoon session run by Vaughan Roberts, vicar of St. Ebbes in Oxford (I think) and author of some pretty good books, on staying spiritually fresh in ministry. It was a really great session and he had some very helpful and insightful things to say, clearly drawing on much wisdom and experience. I might write more about that once home and not having to type in a phone.
The evening consisted of some prayer led by Graham and Chris led us through 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 which gave us all some food for thought. It also led to an interesting theological discussion between our three clergy which I had the privilege of being able to listen in on. It was great to be able to just sit and absorb all that accumulated wisdom and humbling to see how little I still know in comparison.
Hats must also be removed to Katherine who amidst all this excitement has kept us brilliantly fed and watered so that we could want for nothing. It’s been a real blessing to have her here to look after us. Last day tomorrow.