First secondary school assembly! Even now, that my leaving has been announced (date tbc) and I am going to leave curacy behind, firsts can still appear. Not that that should be a surprise, of course.
The place: Christ College, West Cheltenham
The cast: Year 9 (just after lunch)
The subject: Talking with God
Majority show of hands and heckles that one cannot have a conversation with God. No response to their own views on where to pray.
Their response to 6 minute potted This-Is-Andrew-Swift-and-his-journey-from-there-to-here-involving-conversations-God. Not too much - as far as one could see. The seeds are scattered, the bungee-minister twangs back out of the context, probably never to return.
The staff liked the panoramic view of Dunoon and the Clyde...
Hope rises, like tattered sails…
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