In the years when I was a teacher, the end of August was an incredibly anxious time. I was kicking myself for not having done more lesson preparation over the holidays, whilst dreading the effort of learning new names, and establishing discipline over new classes. And when I thought of all the beginning of year meetings ahead of me, I’d pretty much lose the will to live.
A week or so into September, and it was a different story. I was back to work - winging it, perhaps, but getting my teeth into it, inspired by the newness, no longer afraid.
Your experience of September might be quite different, but for many of us, it still feels like the start of a new year. It’s a time to start new initiatives in our businesses, new patterns of activity in our families, new evening classes or hobbies.
As you sink your teeth into work of whatever kind, remember that your church is there to support you if you find yourself asking things like: ‘Is this really what I’m on earth to do?’ ‘How do I resolve the ethical dilemmas I face at work?’ ‘How can I prioritise things other than money?’
Harvest Festivals, in roundabout ways, encourage us to deal with some of these sorts of questions, as we honour those who work in food production, and think about questions of food distribution. Hope you’ll be able to join in your village church’s Harvest celebrations.
Whatever your line of work, we are planning this autumn, to use church services to help you think about how your faith (or lack of it) influences your effectiveness in the workplace and your work/life balance. So do join in the discussion, and feel free to contact Philip or me if there are any particular issues you’d like to discuss.
We want Sunday morning to make a big impact on Monday morning.