a) I managed to ask for help or
b) that she happened to have space and time to take me on)
I talked an awful lot as I outlined the journey so far and tried to give her a sense of the landscape of my life and ministry...In true ENFP I didn't realise some of it til I heard myself speak it aloud - but that was good and useful.
I talked about the energy needed and expended in frantic plate juggling and together we identified some of those plates
- Sunday worship - with a special focus on my longing to pull the liturgy together and to build a children's choir at Church in the Valley
- Messy Church
- Schools work - assemblies, governor work, pastoral support, "being there"
- Occasional offices - with the wealth of extra opportunities that they present but also the equivalent volume of extra work
- Trying hard to be a "good enough" training incumbent in a situation that is so utterly unlike my own experience of curacy
- Working towards our community project, to connect assorted agencies with those in the parish who most need access to them
- Youth work - building on the embryonic Youth Emmaus group but looking for ways to continue their nurture beyond Confirmation
- follow on work with our First Communion group
- building pastoral relationships with care homes, sheltered housing, individuals...those beyond the Sunday congregation
- shedloads of awful awful admin - the stuff of open churchyards, busy wedding lists, and non-existent parish office staff
Even rather fantastic work consultants can't make things vanish just like that, though it's possible that she may persuade me to let go of some of them....but she wisely suggested nothing of the sort today! Instead she asked me, interestingly, which thing I felt I most "had" to do, and which one I most "wanted" to do.
The answer to both?
Over the next few months, I guess we'll work out how to arrange plates, put them down safely, hand over the juggling poles to other people...It's going to be interesting, I think, but a huge blessing to have someone wise and wonderful to wade through the tides with me.