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03:54 pm: Friday in Chester
A week marches on...I've spent much less time on a computer this week, largely because my laptop is evidently on its way out. Tuesday, if I remember correctly was a fairly quiet day as we prepared for Chris and Mike to visit us in the evening. That was a fine evening. But before that, David, Matthew and I went out to see Snakes on a Plane. We were not expecting great cinema, but we were surprised that it was in the Odeon's biggest cinema, which had, at the most, eleven people sitting and watching. It's a film which makes it impossible to suspend your disbelief enough, but I would say that the plot of the movie itself is reasonably plausible. The implementation of the plot is what fails.
But on Tuesday night, evening-meal was much better than the movie.
I don't remember very much about Wednesday morning, but I'm sure we did something exciting. On Wednesday night, we went off to Bebington for another meeting.
On Thursday, it made for a very exciting day. We set off to Wirral Grammar School to confirm David's place in the sixth form, and after we came back I had fun spending the afternoon carefully filling in the form for a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check. They didn't do those in the old days, but I need one to be licenced as a Reader in the Church. Living in New Zealand until last year makes it more exciting, of course, as I also need to acquire the equivalent document for New Zealand. So I spent most of yesterday afternoon sorting that out, before Ian and Debbi came round for evening-meal. It's been a busy week for entertainment.
This morning, it was off to see the Rector, who needed to satisfy himself that my documents were in order and sign to that effect before I went off to the Diocesan Office in Chester to drop off the documents there, so that we stand a decent chance of getting what we want before the Licensing Service on 14 October.
Date for everyone's diary: Ian's licensing as Reader in the Diocese of Chester - Saturday 14 October, 2:15pm, Chester Cathedral. All welcome. Refreshments at my house later in the day, details tba. All welcome. RSVP
While I was in Chester, I had a look to see whether I could find a way round backing up material onto about 30 CDs before my laptop dies. A 160 GB portable drive for £60 seemed to be an ideal solution.
So I've backed up a load of stuff since I came home.
Apart from that, just some listening to YouTube - old songs from Whistle Test and from Jacques Brel, to name but a few. More later.

Current Location: CH63 0EB
Current Mood: happyhappy

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From:takahe
Date:August 25th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
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You really have to have a CRB check to be a Reader in the church? How come? Jesus did welcome the criminals, after all... but maybe he didn't get them to read, huh. Is there an expectation that you are of fine, upstanding character? I guess that goes for our Ministers of the Eucharist. But no one checks their criminal records LOL!

Sorry about your dying laptop.
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From:ringbark
Date:August 26th, 2006 09:11 am (UTC)
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A Reader isn't just someone who reads...it's a position similar to a deacon: someone who can do all the same things a priest can do except pronounce the absolution, celebrate the Eucharist or preside at weddings. The main things they want are overall good behaviour, no fraud and no offences against children or vulnerable people.
See Paul's guidelines in 1 Timothy, chapter 3.
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From:takahe
Date:August 26th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
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My God! You're a deacon. Wow. *goggles*

Is impressed. You know what? I'm honoured to be your friend.

That's impressive. Congratulations, Ian.
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