Meetings and changes seem to be defining the run up to submitting a project application, so to catch you up there has been another meeting and lo! Another change.
Any idea of working across a large area and living itinerantly are ancient history now. I am surprisingly OK about this. Maybe it was the gradual and winding path that got me here that made it so. A lot of people would say that it was God getting me where he wanted me, he had to start me there and grow me. Maybe that it is true. Maybe it is God reigning me in from some far of fantasy I had. Maybe this is what happens when a bunch of different people all try and have a stab at what God wants. Maybe this isn’t how God works at all. (My zealously Arminian theology is exceedingly comfortable with that, if it messes with people’s idea of a God who controls the puppet strings then they’re welcome to sulk!)
The project is now going to be student work entirely. We’re dropping the Youth Group element completely. This pleases me, I wasn’t sure paying me to support the establishment of a youth group was the best use of connexional funds. The churches involved are quite competent and have some good people who can do it themselves. So I feel far more comfortable with this proposed project! (Hopefully it won’t change again, but I wouldn’t stake too much on it! I wouldn’t gamble at all but were I to, then I wouldn’t stake too much on it!)
So the application we are writing up is for someone to support the Methsoc here in Bangor. By no means run it, or interfere, there is an excellent system set up for electing the future committee and a Chaplain (who also doesn’t interfere; Methsoc does self-governance better than any other Christian society I know of here!), mainly to deal with some of the things that it would be nice to do but we never have time of effort for along with the day-to-day and important stuff. So things like looking at how me advertise ourselves and looking at bridging the gap between those who express interest in Freshers’ Week and those who make it to meetings. There will always be a drop off, but it seems we can do more to decrease it. (When I was Pres of Methsoc we were E-mail in excess of 60 people each week but had 3 regular attenders at meetings and 10 registered members for most of the year!). So if the application goes through it will be to employ someone to work in that gap, and also to network with other Methsocs, see how they do recruitment and see if we can all learn from each other.
The project sounds really good. Something I think will work, is worthwhile and something I am interested in, so that is all good! And the meeting, between me, Alf, our Chaplain and Lynne, the Project Participation Manager (PPM) who covers Wales, was positive and felt optimistic so that is good.
The next joy I need to deal with, pretty much now, is accommodation for next year. House-hunting should have started for me, it hasn’t quite yet! Living on my own is seriously on the cards. I want the experience before progressing onto other things but at the moment most of my thinking is up in the air and it all seems a bit daunting!
So at the moment the future both excites and scares me. Which seems about OK!