Maia Walker left on May 2nd, 2016, to become an “Explorer with The United Church Of Canada” from May to August, 2016.
My first month at Calvary already coming to an end even though it feels as though I just got here. Things have been going well on this side of the country, despite feeling like I am melting most of the time.
I’ve had lots of opportunities to connect with the congregation and wider community as well as being able to sample the different kinds of ministry that happen in London. I’ve been able to meet with their junior youth group and teach one of their Sunday School classes and on the opposite end of the age spectrum I’ve been to nursing homes and care facilities in the area to get a feel for chaplaincy and pastoral care. There have also been funerals, wedding prep, and baptisms.
This past weekend I attended London Conferences’s annual meeting, it was really interesting to see the differences and the similarities between the two conferences. The celebration of ministry service was exciting as they usually are, and it was fun to see Kenji installed as president. The guest speaker was John Pentland who spoke about bringing new practices and new life into the church.
Tonight was Calvary’s fifth Jazz Vespers service. I got the chance to paint during the service which was a lot of fun. Over the next month I will be doing some more worship planning and preaching as well as being a part of some different traditions at Calvary like blessing the fields for the food banks, and a commmunity event called gathering on the green. I’ve also been enjoying wandering around London and seeing the area a little more, although I haven’t been able to find any where with really good cider yet. The hunt continues.
I heard festival on fourth went well, I’m sad that I missed it. Apparently I haven’t missed too much in the way of nice weather, almost makes the humidity bearable. Almost.