It's become the tradition in recent years for ministers to be offered Sabbatical Leave every seven to eight years, usually of three months.
I've decided to take my Sabbatical slightly differently and have agreed with the Elders to have a Sunday, roughly once a month, when I visit another church and write a blog about that experience.
I want to do this because it's very easy for minsiters to get 'pulpit bound' in their own churches, loosing sight of what is going on elsewhere. So, I'm really looking forward to having a glimpse at what is going on in other corners of 'God's Vineyard', and who knows, I might bring back some ideas to AFC!
I started this Sabbatical in Advent 2019, but had to quckly put it to bed when the Pandemic broke out. The Elders have agreed that I can take it up again in 2022. So, about once a month I'll be writing a blog about my visits called
A View from the Pew.
01: Pont Street Church of Scotland:December 2019
02: St Martin in the Fields: December 2019
03: Central Hall Methodist Church, Westminster: January 2020
04: King's Chapel: Gibraltar: February 2020
05: Southwalk Cathedral: August 2021
06: All Hallows by The Tower: December 2021
07. St Stephen's Walbrook, City of London: January 2022
08. Farm Street Roman Catholic Church, Mayfair, London: January 2022
09. Greyfriars Church of Scotland, Edinburgh: February 2022
10: Oxford: Magdalen College Evensong and St Aldate's Morning Service: March 2022
11. St John's Lewisham, South London: April 2022
12. Great Malvern Priory, Worcestershire: May 2022
13. St John's, Buxton, Derbyshire: May 2022
14. St James', Piccadilly, London: June 2022
15. Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church: July 2022
16. Oasis, Waterloo, London: August 2022
17. Heemsen Lutheran Church, Lower Saxony, Germany: September 2022
18. Maidenhead Synagogue, October 2022