Every now and again people ask me what an Anglican priest does all week long. So I thought I’d let you know what this week looked like.
I start each day with a time of personal prayer and journalling. Then Marci and I have tea and pray Morning Prayer together.
Monday is my day off, so I stayed home.
A good part of my week is spent at my desk doing ‘preparation’. Prep work this week has included:
- Preparing a sermon for Sunday (from start to finish this takes about 6 hours)
- Other Sunday prep (intercessions for our early service, annotating my bulletins, church setup, posting sermons on various websites etc.)
- Reading and preparation for our vestry meeting Wednesday night
- Reading and preparation for our Bible Study group Thursday morning
- Preparation for our Lay Evangelist training day Saturday (this took about 6 hours to complete)
- Preparing and sending out a questionnaire about small groups in our church
- Preparation for a seniors’ home service next week (it’s Tuesday morning so I won’t have time to prepare for it next week).
- Planning for next week, and some advance planning too.
- A little bit of reading and study (I’ve been working my way through Turnaround and Beyond, by Ron Crandall).
Meetings and appointments:
- Tuesday I met with my office administrator at 9.00 to plan our week.
- From 11.00 to noon Tuesday I had a computer link meeting with the search committee for a new national director for Threshold Ministries (I’m on that search committee).
- Tuesday afternoon I went downtown to have coffee with a clergy colleague – we meet from time to time to encourage each other.
- Tuesday evening I spent a couple of hours with a family from our church – visited with the kids and read to them, then after their bedtime I had a good long conversation with the couple.
- Wednesday I had a meeting of our vestry (church board) in the evening
- Thursday morning I had a morning Men’s Bible Study at a local coffee shop 8 – 9 a.m.
- Also Thursday morning I had a meeting of the search committee for wardens and vestry members for next year 10:30 – 11:30.
- Our lunch bunch (AKA ‘seniors’ lunch’) met at the church from 11.30 – 1.30. Good time of fellowship was had by all.
- Later in the afternoon I went back downtown for a meeting with my bishop.
- Tomorrow (Saturday) I’ll be leading a formation day for our diocesan Lay Evangelists in Training. It takes place at St. Margaret’s and will keep me busy from about 8.45 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
- Sunday I’ll be at the church by 8.30 a.m.; services are 9.00 and 10.30 a.m., with coffee hour after the second service. I’ll get home about 1 p.m.
Sometimes I have pastoral appointments Sunday afternoon; this week I don’t have any, so I’ll be taking my sabbath from 1.00 p.m. Sunday afternoon to 8.30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
And there you have it: a week in the life of a parish priest!