I had heard the readings in church so many times that we all have gifts which we must use to further God’s kingdom. But I, like many others, had probably volunteered for ‘jobs’ that needed doing rather than finding out what God had blessed and equipped me with to do.
The servant course allowed time to explore what my gifts and passions really are and as a result I have actually stopped doing some things, said NO to others and focused on the things I can and enjoy doing. It has given me a freedom to do the things God wants me to do not what the things others were pushing my way.
I pray that everyone does the course, even if it means that lots of ‘jobs’ are left vacant as a result. We will become a stronger more supportive family if we do.
I had heard many good reports on the Servant Course since it was introduced in Walton. Parish. The time seemed right for me recently to sign up. I was very touched by the way the leaders worked together and the ease with which they worked as a team to deliver this course. It consists of an introduction to the course contents on the Friday evening, including a relaxed supper, followed by a day of exploration on the Saturday.
Although I had some awareness of what my God-given spiritual gifts might be the course confirmed this. The ‘Personal Style’ part of the course was one of the most interesting parts of the day for me not just in terms of confirming my own personal style but also to get to know the personal style of the other participants on the course. I do feel that this knowledge as a church aids communication and understanding.
There is a lot to ponder on after the course and the book that accompanies the course is a very helpful resource.
I believe we are fortunate as a parish to have the course running for us and would recommend it if you haven’t already done it and are thinking it might be for you.
On returning home from something like this it usually takes me a long time to wind down but I felt at peace. I was struck by how cherished I felt – it’s because of the authentic love that was present through the Holy Spirit.
I found the Servant Course to be refreshingly honest, very interesting, numerous & very to the point. It was good getting to know the other people on the group.