May 16, 2005
A few weeks ago the Monk went and allowed himself to be nominated for the vacancy of the post of Church Warden in his beloved Abbey. It is a job he has never wanted - never even contemplated wanting! - and it was one of those "flattering to be asked" but "unlikely to be elected" considerations. Obviously Someone Else had other ideas - the Monk found himself being elected. So now he is one of two Church Wardens, responsible, among other things, for the maintenance of the "Fabric", furnishings, staff, and the conduct of "orderly worship"!
Last Friday night the Monk and a large congregation of other Wardens were all assembled in the Abbey - about 550 of them - and took their oaths of office. Then he and his fellow Wardens from the Abbey and its sister churches served wine and soft drinks to the assembly in the North Aisle. Sunday saw him having to assume his new ministry - that of looking after the congregation and their needs from the "other end of the church"!
It has been an interesting introduction into this "office" - a challenging one - especially with building works about to start to the tune of £3 million plus - a sum which needs to be raised as well!
Thank you, Lord! Are You sure I needed this experience????
Posted by The Gray Monk at May 16, 2005 11:42 AM
Congratulations, Monk! You will look after your Abbey very well, I know. My very best wishes for your new task.
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