Last night I was licensed as Priest-in-charge of St Mary Redcliffe church in Bristol. It was one of those grand affairs that the CofE does from time to time, and does well. At least I enjoyed it.
We processed round the church and I was given different things like a map of the parish, a key to the church, a Bible etc, all symbolic of the mission of the church. The music from the church choir and the worship band from the Sixth Form of the neighbouring school was excellent; the Bishop preached a sermon that gave me lots of support. There were lots of people there: family and friends come specially for the event; friends from my former parishes; lots of folk from the new parish; and even the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lord Mayor. Some of this will take some getting used to!
I even made the local paper!
And then this morning I got up, and had to work out what I've got to do. It's very strange, all the pomp and ceremony of arrival and then a completely blank sheet of paper. First aim - survive my first Sunday (singing 3 services, assisting at a fourth and preaching).