I'm starting to make the transition from 'holiday' to 'working'. Last night was a meeting with the stewards from Strandfontein and the superintendent minister. Today was visiting 'shut ins' from Wesley Mission and also a bereaved family from Beaconridge Methodist. Beaconridge is not one of 'my' churches, but my colleague is away at the moment and I will be doing the funeral on Monday.
People are starting to talk more to me about the churches, becoming a little more open - not forcing me to read between the lines quite so much. That helps - as does meeting people for the second or third time and actually being able to recognise them!
Slowly but surely - ministry is a marathon, not a sprint.