Of course our visit to Australia was amazing, to conduct our son’s wedding and meet our new grandson and to have a holiday of a lifetime. But, oh dear, the journey seems interminable – 23 hours on flights with all the waiting around at airports added on. You’ve watched the fourth film you wouldn’t have watched at home, and still there are hours to go, you’ve accepted the disappointment that they had run out of alternative meals, and though we had the neck cushions, and we did keep walking about, how do you cope with cramp in the bum! But what am I saying? We were travelling in luxury – what of the refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean today? And what of the men and women who risked the migration to Australia in the past. Continue reading
Moderators and partners were spending the weekend in Bristol – a weekend of unexpected surprises. We knew it was Banksy’s home city but were surprised at how much street art there is in the city – Banksy and many others. Most of us didn’t know Bristol has hosted Street Art Festivals attracting famous artists from all over the world. Where would you find an angel with a paint pot on its head? As a Doctor Who fan, I wasn’t expecting to discover the perfect way to defeat his enemies, the Weeping Angels – upturn a paint pot on its head! Here was one I made earlier – found in the Bristol museum. My next GA moderator visit – to Abingdon would have an even bigger surprise for a Doctor Who fan!
Once a year synod moderators are joined by their partners for a weekend. During the moderators’ meeting itself partners go off for some sight-seeing, and then share the rest of the weekend together. This year we had to make late changes to where we were going and ended up in Bristol! South Western Moderator was a fantastic host and synod office arranged such an enjoyable itinerary. This included worship on the Sunday at Redlands Park Church. Before arriving, we were already looking forward to meeting the Korean Church which meets there. The service was a fusion of Asian and Western worship, and so too was the lunch which members of both communities had provided. But then we weren’t expecting……..