so long…farewell (2011)…

Well – it’s been a heck of a year…

At the beginning of the year I was Diocesan Youth Work Adviser for Exeter Diocese.  It was my great pleasure and privilege to support Church of England parishes in their work with young people, to journey with a wonderful bunch of employed and volunteer youth workers, and to generally be an agitator for all things mission orientated.  It was a real joy…

12 months later, I’m a trainee teacher, learning so much every day about the vital business of equipping young people with the most important skills of all – those that lead to the pursuit of learning.   It’s one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done – standing up in front of 25-30 young people, knowing that I’m responsible for holding their interest and opening their minds.  Teaching a subject like Religious Education means that, at times, this can be an extremely challenging task…but one that I love.  But when they do hook on, when they do get involved and engaged…it’s something special…

What a fantastic year – what a leap into the dark.  I wouldn’t change a thing.

What lies ahead?  Hopefully qualification as a teacher and a job.  That’s a no brainer…but I’m really hoping it’s in the school that I’m training in at the moment.

We’re also looking to move (within Exeter, of course!), having sold our place and a narrowing down the search to a couple of properties…so hopefully that’ll be sorted before too long.   Our aim is to root ourself in a part of Exeter called Heavitree, close to a group of friends who are growing a beautiful community focused project called Parklife…more to come on this front.

Quite a lot of change…again…but then change ain’t a bad thing…

And so…

May you know that you never walk on this journey alone…
May you know the presence of people who love you for who you are…
May you know that you were made for something incredible…and that 2012 is a year when the incredible comes…

And a blessing from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. 

Happy New Year!

Grace and peace,
Martin

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