It's been a rather intense few weeks with a workload that's included moving and assembling lots of furniture, troubleshooting the new building (don't ask!), as well as everything else I'm supposed to do. We've still got a lot to do in terms of kitting out the building. At least the offices are now useable. Tomorrow a skip arrives to remove the accumulated detritus of many years. More lifting and carrying will be needed. It's been wonderful to chat to people on the strett about the new building. In fact people have been drawn in to find out more about it. The Light is attractive......
The School of Ministry got off to a great start with more than 160 people taking part over the two evenings, as well as an International Student Alpha group taking place in the church on the Wednesday evening. It was so good to see the building in use for the first time. Sunday was odd - we began the morning service with no children in the sanctuary as they had all been dropped off in the new facilities. The church was almost silent (not quite, as folk still greeted one another, but it was strange to be so quiet after eighteen months of being together all of the time). It was special when the children joined us again for the recap of what we had been learning and for Holy Communion.
Saturdays have been busy too - a Fairtrade Breakfast, clearing out the church, a conference on Faith and Politics at the Scottish Parliament and this coming Saturday, my highlight of the year: Diocesan Synod! That's followed by the (shaping up to be quite superb) Jazz Night at St Silas', and another gig at Barrowlands (The Decemberists). I really could do with a quiet Saturday!
It's also been an emotionally draining time with some difficult decisions involving the word 'No'. I'm trying to get get better at using it - I'm much too keen to please people sometimes, often at the expense of what is right for the church and for me as an individual.
Here are two photographs of the handover of the keys to the new facilities.
From left to right: Craig Govan (architect), Grant Rew (site manager for the contractor, Flemings), Ali Downes (mastermind of the whole project), yours truly, Iain Wiseman (our agent).