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The other day I decided to take an evening stroll, doing a bit of clear thinking, about the church,
and to use it to bridge a gap in my walking of the strengths, weaknesses, hopes, possibilities, and the
local sections of the Offa’s Dyke Path. Between community around, in which every church should be
Porthywaen and Montgomery, the one bit I hadn’t rooted, and to which it should be ministering. What
walked was the section between Buttington Cross are we doing right? What could we do better? What
and Leighton. It didn’t feel so much like an shouldn’t we be doing? What might we start to do?
evening stroll by the time I got to the top, but it MAP-ing can help tackle some of these questions,
was worth it, and I enjoyed my first visit to the plus this big one: where and what will we be, where
Beacon Ring. do we hope we will be, in (say) five years’ time?
I didn’t need a map, everything was very well So I’m in the first stages of drawing up a MAP, and to
signed, even if the arrows on each stile went on do that I need help. I need to know what people think
pointing annoyingly straight upwards for much of and expect. I’ve put together a simple questionnaire
the way! But the reason I didn’t need a map was available in Leighton and Trelystan churches. I’d love
because someone else had previously done all the everyone who feels they have a connection with either
mapping. Maps are important, they keep us on the church to fill one in and return it to me or to the church
right track, so that we end up getting where we (it’s anonymous, by the way!). It will greatly enhance
intend to go. my own perspective and enable my own ministry to
It’s for that reason that parishes in the Hereford know how other people see things. And I hope the end
Diocese are asked to have MAPs - capital letters product will be a MAP to help us move forward, grow,
because it’s an acronym, for “Mission Action and find our right way!
Plan”. It’s really a way of
Revd. Bill Rowell


Did you know we old folks are worth a fortune? We have silver in our hair, gold in our teeth,
stones in our kidneys, lead in our feet and gas in our stomachs!

I have become older since I saw you last, a few changes have come into my life. Frankly, I have
become a frivolous old woman! I am seeing six gentlemen every day. As soon as I wake up Will
Power helps me out of bed. Then I go to see Jimmy Riddle after which it’s time for breakfast with
Mr Kellog, followed closely by Mr Tetley or my other friend who I only know by his initials —
PG. Then comes someone I don’t like at all — Arthur Itis — he knows he is not welcome, but he
insists on being here and what is more he stays for the rest of the day. Even then he does not like
to stay in one place, so he takes me from joint to joint. After such a hectic day Iam glad to get into
bed (and with Johnny Walker too!) What a hectic life. Oh yes, I am now also flirting with Al

The vicar came to call the other day and said at my age I should be thinking about the hereafter. I
told him I did, all the time. For no matter where I am, the bedroom, the kitchen, the sitting room
or the garden, I ask myself ‘Now what am I here after?’

Well I’ll close now and hope that Will Power is your constant companion too, but do make sure
that his friend Emma Royd does not creep up on you from behind. And watch out for the crafty
one — Gerry Atric!

Written by a senior lady.
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