By way of introduction

Hello, and welcome to my first (well, ok, my second, but it’s my first proper one!) blog post, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain why this blog is called what it is, and a little bit about who I am.

So, why The Mendip Nomad? I’ve been a nomad most of my life – I worked out recently that my move to Cambridge would mean a 13th new address in a little over 30 years. But why Mendip? Because half-way through my life I moved, with my dad, mum and sister, to the Mendip area of Somerset. My parents and my sister still live there. It’s where I met the majority of the small group I am priveleged to call my closest friends. It’s the reason I avidly support Bath Rugby, why I keep an eye on League One results for Yeovil Town. It’s where I learned to drive, and learned to drink (you know what I mean, and I never did the two at the same time – we always designated a driver). When someone asks where I’m from I often give a convoluted answer, and if they ask where I live then I can give a simple answer. If they ask where home is then the answer is Somerset, and more particularly the place where the Mendip Hills run down to the Somerset Levels. I’m a nomad who calls the Mendips home, therefore I am The Mendip Nomad!

And who is the Nomad? Well, I’m currently a resident of Wesley House, Cambridge, as I prepare to begin training as a Methodist Presbyter (for those that don’t do technical terms that’s someone who wears a funny collar and works for the Methodist Church). This will involve studying for a degree from the University of Cambridge as well as doing many other things alongside. I’m married to Mrs Nomad and have a young daughter (who will hereafter normally be referred to as the wee one), and we have all made the plunge and moved up to Cambridge together for two years.

Well, I think I’ll leave it there, as I have other things to go and do. I’m hoping to use the blog to do many things, and will likely comment on topics and issues that are rather wide ranging, but for now I’m off to find a post box for some mail of the old-fashioned kind.

Travel well,

The Nomad

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About MendipNomad

I'm a nomad both physically and denominationally, but I'll always call the Mendips home. Currently a Methodist Presbyter (Minister) in Cornwall. I love sport, film, tv, socialising, politics (both US and British), and, yes, being part of the church.
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4 Responses to By way of introduction

  1. janet turville says:

    Welcome to the world of blogging. I am about to go to Cuddesdon to train for ordained ministry in the Church of England but have been working asd a Children and Families worker in the methodist church in Devon for the last 2 years. I also know what you mean about being a nomad as I have moved very regularly through my life. Will look forward to reading your experiences and comparing them as we both train. ( You can find me at vicarfactorycalling )

  2. Good luck with the blog – no doubt we’ll meet up soon when we get to Cambridge in a couple of weeks.

  3. Steve says:

    I find it interesting that Methodists are now talking of presbyters. I thought Methodist ministers were originally itinerant pastor/teachers, so describing them as presbyters seems to be a major conceptual shift.

    • mendipnomad says:

      Steve,
      At its origins Methodism featured Preachers, rather than pastors and/or teachers. Over time certain features have developed within British Methodist ministry. Currently we have two ordained ministries: Presbyter and Deacon. For a long time Presbyters were referred to as Ministers, but this has recently changed, in recognition that the Diaconate’s ordination is equal to that of Presbyters, and in part in recognition that the ministry of Presbyters and Deacons is of no greater order to the ministry carried out by all other members of the Church. I hope this makes sense and shows why British Methodism has recently moved towards the term Presbyter.
      Shalom,
      The Nomad

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