I've been blessed with a wonderful week off after Easter, and the timing couldn't have been better. It was my daughter's 14th birthday on Easter Sunday, and we celebrated on Tuesday by going to 'Go Ape' in Delamere Forest, whereby we clambered around in tall trees with harnesses on, sliding on zip wires and tarzan ropes. Great fun! Both she and my son have been off school for the Easter holidays. The weather has been really nice, too, so I had the satisfaction of gardening a lot, which I love. Both kids have recently got new bicycles as well, so the whole family has been cycling. I feel refreshed by this break from work, and ready for this month's big project, which is the 'Ordained Ministry Audit' (or parish profile, in other words). It's due at the end of the month, so I will have to get cracking. It is an analysis of the parish, the church(es) and the community, and ministry within that context.
The other exciting news: today I did my first baptism! That was really nice, and I love it when the church is full of people who don't normally attend - what an opportunity to witness through welcoming them and through worship. The little girl was nearly 2 years old, and she didn't cry, so that was a relief!