Monday, February 03, 2014

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

After thinking about it for many months I've told the leadership team that I'm taking time out from Linden. You'll still find me at work in the office but not in Sunday or other church meetings.

It's not about what Linden is or isn't but rather about where I am. I think anyone reading my blog regularly will have grasped that my heart is in Zac's and that's where my priorities are too. I'll still be going into prison and helping with night shelter, it's just for the 'normal' church stuff that I'll be absent.

My faith is strong - probably stronger than ever - and I'm not upset or angry or anything bad; in fact I'm much happier now I've made the decision that I've been dithering over for so long. 

As I said I'll still be working for Linden unless we reach the conclusion that the administrator needs to be fully committed (and, yes, people have often said that I should be committed ...) and, if there's a particularly fascinating looking meeting on, I'll be happy to attend. So it's not a final step but rather an onward step in my journey.

See you on the way.


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Ah so this was the decision to make , now I understand x

Shirley Davis said...

I made a similar decision at the same time as not being Mrs P anymore. It simply isn't true that to be a Xtian you have to be a committed churchgoer. Desirable, maybe. Just not mandatory for all of us. And you'll still be acting out your faith in many ways, Liz xx

Liz Hinds said...

Yes, Anne.

Normal church isn't for everyone,Shirl. Glad you've found peace in it.

Trubes said...

Good luck to you Liz in your decision you've made.
I was raised in the traditional Church of England, which I loved, then all the Happy Clappers took over following Old Beardy so I stopped going. The last straw was when they wanted to tear out the beautiful hand carve pews and replace them with plastic stacking chairs....outrageous....Fortunately, common sense prevailed and the pews stayed!
I carry my faith in my head and in my heart! Sometimes I pop into the Anglican Cathedral to listen to the wonderful choir singing..

Liz Hinds said...

Thanks, Di. x

Ole Phat Stu said...

I presume they didn't change the locks on your church either?

Which mean you were minding your pews and keys ;-)

Robyn Lee said...

Often just making the decision can be a relief. You know what's right for you, Liz. Now, as it is said, onwards and upwards! x

Furtheron said...

You have to be comfortable with yourself and where you are and where you are going.

I agonised over AA last year - it wasn't working for me. Now I've actually had to change home groups due to a new commitment elsewhere in my life and that has been good. I'm not totally at home yet where I am but better than I was and realised the issue was one of needing a change for me

CherryPie said...

If it feels right, you have made the right decision :-)

Liz Hinds said...

That's true, robyn.

Good to hear that, furtheron.

I think so, cherrypie.

Gattina said...

I don't believe in church organizations, gatherings or other stuff. You can be a good Christian or a good person without church too !

Liz Hinds said...

You can be, gattina, but a bit of support is good too.