I assume you have all entirely forgotten about this because it nearly slipped off my radar for explaining.
Any expectations, which I never quite worked out what they were, were situated in a slightly idealic setting. Hence a good slap of realism was necessary. I got that slap.
Iain rocks up around 6pm. Sam, Jess and I are already there. I get a message from Dan saying he’s on his way. We spend a goodly bit of time killing ourselves over a humorus discussion around Brokeback Mountain. Sam entirely lost it. I was very close. Dan shows up minus the friend he was bringing.
We head down to Jessies for Pizza. They do this satay chicken one (which I have secretly come to like rather a lot). Dan calls Cameron (his mate) and gets another pizza. While we wait, we sit in the car because it’s cold and air some ideas. Before we start I suggest we’d probably better pray. Jess makes me do it.
After some James Boag galantry, we get the pizza and head back to Jess’s. Iain has to leave (yes already!) and Dan goes to find Cam – who has no Melways and is a bit lost.
I’d never met Cam before. The others had briefly up at Soul Survivor. It’s rather nice when I realised I wasn’t going to be the only introvert present for the evening. He’s nice enough. Majority of time was spent getting to know eachother all a little better. A little discussion, but not much around the whole point of being there. I asked Dan if he had any ideas on it all. He decides he needs to think through things more, pray about it etc…
So we didn’t get a huge ammount accomplished in the sense of working out what we are/might be on about. It was fun evening nevertheless.
I’ve realised how entirely unprepared we all are for something like this. A lot more exploration of ideas, thought and prayer needs to go into it.
We’ve determined to spend the first good while just doing the ‘share life’ thing. Get to know eachother all a bit more. Bring in being real about what God is doing or has shown us through the week. No one has fully commited to anything.
Prayer for this as we stumble further into an unknown would be great. I hope we can get a few others there next time and that we haven’t scared Cam and Dan off for good.
Jess and I both need to be content to let the planners, the J;s in us be harnessed by some hefty restraints. Structure is exactly what we shouldn’t be on about. We also need to uncross some wires with Iain, who has some slightly different ideas.
All good. We shall just have to see.