Yesterday was my trial service for the year. It took place in Uitenhage at an Afrikaans-speaking Coloured church. It was great to be in a new context and I enjoyed it. I passed with a B mark, so I am happy about that!
The major criticism was the quality of my Afrikaans reading - which I thoroughly deserved, so I have no reason to complain.
I, of course, have some thoughts about the service of my own, but I need to think them through. They relate to self-confidence, performance (as in acting) and how not to be too influenced by the responsiveness of the congregation!
Monday, May 04, 2009
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Hey Jen - me again. Congrats on the B - one more hurdle crossed!
Sorry about the criticism on the reading in Afrikaans, since it was after all my idea that you did so. However, if you hadn't, someone might have said something about "not reading the context". Talk about damned if you do, and damned if you don't...
Anyway, I'm sure that it was minor. I haven't received dozens of frantic 'phone calls, so I trust that you've left my congregation reasonably uncorrupted!
No, I appreciate you lending me your Afrikaans Bible. And I chose to do it, after all.
It was only Neville that was stressed (slightly) by the Afrikaans, the local people on the committee didn't seem to mind. But it was a valid point.
Ja-nee. A strange thing about my Church is that the "official" language is English, though the largest home language in the congregation is Afrikaans. I'm in two minds about Trial Services, Preaching With A View, and so on. It's not really a measure of who you will be in ministry, and yet it is. Or is this intended to give you experienced input? In which case it could be very useful.
P.S. This is what happens when you have a son who commandeers your computer -- he changes your identity. The last post was in fact moi.
I did wonder who Matthew was! I am trying not to be negative and cynical about the processes of the church - because actually I know that people are doing their best. So many people put something into putting the service together for me on Sunday. But the end result is more of a formality than otherwise. But maybe God also knew that I wasn't in a place to take too much criticism as well! So I am grateful for grace.
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