Friday, 31 January 2014

New season, new venue, new name.

Our church has re-launched with a new name! Yes, it's not every day you hear of a church re-launching but ours has done just that.

For years we were called Glenfall Church or Glenfall Fellowship after the school where we originally met. But since September we have been in a new school premises across the other side of town and now having made friends with all the churches in the area it's time to announce our arrival to the world. Not only have we got the new name now of Cheltenham Network Church but we are new type of Anglican church too that is allowed to cross parish/area boundaries and meet the people where they are by building up small networks or groups that anyone can join e.g. a book club group, a fitness group, a volunteers group or some groups for the more spiritually minded like a prayer group. We can incorporate all sorts.

This might all sound quite sensible or logical but to the Church of England it's a big thing. It's also a big thing to the media who know how the church struggles to re-invent itself. After sending a press release to the local radio station, BBC Radio Gloucestershire and then to the local paper, Gloucestershire Echo, suddenly we have a radio interview on the day, last Sunday (26 Jan) and not only a press photographer but also a journalist turning up for the relaunch. 1:37 (Please note this is time sensitive)

Now I am to write a new story for the Church Times, which is a national publication. Lots of publicity for the church which is great. There is a part of me which feels I should get a mention too both on the radio and in the paper for supplying the press release and the information in the first place but I know that's just the self talking and the most important thing is to use our writing to give God the recognition. At least that's what's important to me, so thank you, God.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

New Year, New Hope

New Year's Day racing at Cheltenham

I start the year full of new hope for 2014. Already on the 1 Jan, my husband, Angus and I were able to have a few small wins at the races, then after staying up until after midnight the same day, I was able join the  Romantic Novelists Association's  New Writer's Scheme This has very limited places available but now guarantees that my manuscript for my novel will be read by someone. Then two days later I got an award for all my blood donations even though I wasn't able give blood at the time! Last night I found out that I have won a massage - Mmm, nice.

So all in all I am feeling hopeful about 2014, hopeful for renewing relationships that are important to me and hopeful for my writing. This could be the year of publication, after all some year has to be doesn't it? That would be a reward well worth waiting for but it won't happen without hard work and determination. Just like those horses racing to win in spite of the atrocious conditions or having to stay up until after midnight to claim that precious place in the Romantic Novelist's Association. Winning always comes with a cost.

1 Corinthians 9 v 24 -Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.