Many of you often comment on how much travelling I do and how exhausting that must be. Tonight, as I return from my weekend on the Isle of Man, I need to say one thing – please do not feel sorry for me! The travelling is not a hardship, it is a blessing! Yes, sometimes it is tiring, but I am gaining so much from my journeys around the Connexion.
This morning I led worship at Trinity Methodist Church, Douglas. The congregation from Promenade Methodist Church had joined them and I had conversations with lots of people afterwards. I was especially interested to find out more about Café Lingo, which will be launched at Promenade on 15 October. This plan to provide free English lessons for members of the community who need them is an exciting venture and I shall look forward to following the progress of the café.
I then enjoyed lunch with Billy, Pearl, Ann and Paul and took this photo afterwards. Good conversation and breathtaking views. This afternoon I watched seals, saw oyster catchers and was shown around various parts of the Island before it was time for my flight back to Bristol. The weather was superb and I could not have had kinder hosts than Ann and Paul this weekend.
The week ahead will be filled with all sorts of tasks as I prepare the agenda for Forum. No more travelling now until I set off for Swanwick on Friday 14 October!