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Trying to keep things together

Hi, welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of your feet. Let’s chat.
Okay

So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?
I’m Annie and I’m from Norwich, UK. I’m a Research Associate and work in medical research – I enjoy my work – it’s very varied and rich. I feel very fortunate.

Can I get you a drink? Cappucino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale ale?
A cappuccino would be good. I like the idea of herby teas and barleycup … healthy and wholesome, but I don’t like the taste. I love coffee – it’s luxurious and bounteous. Mmmmmm.

Would you like a doughnut or pastry to go with that?
Of course!

So, if you had to describe the church/project/experiment/thingy you are currently involved with in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
Trying to keep things together while bereft and leaderless.

Are you an instigator? / new recruit? / have absolutely no recollection of how you got involved?
I’m not a new recruit, but not an instigator either. Are you implying that you have to become an instigator after your new recruit phase is past? Oh dear – I’m not doing very well.

What do you value most about being part of it?
I don’t know – at the moment I’m not really valuing anything.

What excites you most about it?
I don’t feel excited, at the moment. Oh dear … sorry!

Has anyone ever turned up out of the blue not knowing what to expect?
What did they say?

Yes they have – they say ‘hello’ and ‘this is a nice church’.

Three words that describe your attitude to ‘being church’ in the big wide world: Difficult, impotent, unworthy.

Three words that DON’T:
Bright, attractive, desirable.

You have this weird dream – you meet Jesus face to face.
Where does it happen, what does he say to you?

I don’t have this dream, but I can visualise the moment. I think he’d say ‘I love you Annie’ and he’d have a disappointed look on his face

What’s the big secret you’re itching to share with everyone?
I don’t have a secret that I’m itching to share

What would your ’emerging church survival kit’ contain?
Expectancy and open-ness

Anything else you’d like to share with us before you have to rush off?
This is quite useful. My natural tendency is to be bright, happy and positive but this has afforded me the chance to truly say what I feel. I often take on the responsibility for others’ comfort, ease and happiness, but I haven’t felt the need to do that here.

Thanks. Good to see you. Have a good day!
Good to see you too – have a very happy day.