This bank holiday weekend has been a busy one so far, and it's far from over
yet, although plans for today have changed a little over the last couple of
days. Today I was going to be doing more painting and decorating with Sarah,
but she's too shattered to contemplate that, so instead I've taken my friend
Doug up on an offer he hinted at yesterday to go sailing this afternoon. I'll
be off to his house for lunch in a short while, from where we and others will
go on to the lake at Haversham. I'll still be visiting Sarah later, to help
take back her friend's car she's been borrowing for the last few days and to
have a bite of tea - and hopefully not staying too late - so I'll only be
spending a couple of hours at the lake, but that will probably be quite enough!
Yesterday was an interesting day, going to - and playing at - the MKCF
celebration in the morning, the first meeting since the radical changes to the
fellowship were announced. It all seemed quite upbeat, though numbers were
perhaps a little down on usual, but it is a holiday weekend after all. I also
went to the evening meeting, but managed to avoid being in the band for that,
and it was perhaps as well that was the case because Edwin, one of the chaps
who came along to the Vineyard house-group on Wednesday night, surprised me by
rolling up soon after the meeting had started.
In between the two meetings, I joined Mark and Darren for a curry in Wolverton,
followed by a walk round Willen Lake with the main cohort of the breakaway
group from MKCF, meeting back at Paul and Carol's for a short while afterwards.
It was good to see old friends for the first time in several weeks, and I hope
it's a group I can stay in touch with even if they are not where I choose to
make my "home" when I take the likely plunge and leave MKCF.
After the evening meeting last night I had a good chat - and a take-away and
watched a video - with Chris and Claire, who seem quite excited about what the
future in MKCF might hold. This seems to sum things up for me, that what is
proposed should be good, so long as it's not empty words again, but just that
they are going off in a direction - both geographical and otherwise - that's
not right for me and many others. As such, I need hold no bitterness or
resentment; it's just a parting of ways - MKCF is leaving me just as much as I
am leaving them - which I hope can be made with everyone's blessing.
Saturday was a simpler but quite productive day, doing my shopping early and
going round to Sarah's for lunch and to decorate, getting a fair bit done of
the latter, though it will probably take another day to get it finished. I was
a bit delayed going round there thanks to Gill phoning for a chat about things,
and indeed I then spent the evening round at Seamus and Gill's, to help restore
their computer to some semblance of normality after a hardware failure required
a complete reinstall, to play a bit of pool and to give Abi a few hints on her
really quite tricky maths homework.
So, working chronologically approximately backwards, that was about that - but
as I said, there's still a little way to go, that hopefully won't involve
getting too wet!