As any reader of this blog is likely to have noticed, I consider myself a West Country Boy. I wasn’t born and bred there, but I do think of myself as having grown up there. It’s certainly where I call home. Readers of this blog may also be thinking this is the post that tells the world where I’m going to be for 5 years from this coming September – about which, they are correct. They might also think that the title (which is a reference to the Pet Shop Boys’ song of that title, not the band of that name!) suggests I’m going back to the South West of England. Well, you’d be almost right if you thought that.
You see, people looking at a map might think that South West England, the West Country, stretches right down as far as west as you can get. But it doesn’t. The West Country stops at the River Tamar. Beyond that is the Land Over the River, The Country of the Setting Sun, the Celtic Nation of Kernow, the Independent Kingdom (or Nation if you’re of more republican leanings!) of Cornwall. And that is where I, we (that is, Mrs N, Wee One and I), are moving to in September. For I can now publicly confirm, following a phone conversation earlier with the Senior Circuit Steward, that I have been stationed to the Saltash Circuit in the Cornwall District of the Methodist Church. And we are very happy with the move.
While it is certainly a little further west than we anticipated, and will mean long drives in both directions in order to see Mrs Nomad’s family, who are based in South East England, it seems like a wonderful match in so many other ways. I will be responsible for 5 churches of varying size, one in a town and 4 in rural villages, as well as a church on the South Cornwall coast exploring what is known as Fresh Expressions of Church. We are in the process of organising a visit in a couple of weeks, and until then I will not give any more major details, in order to ensure I have the best possible picture of the situation before making assumptions and answering people’s questions.
So, for now, thank you for all your ongoing prayers, love and support, for both us and for our new Circuit.
Whether you know where you are going, or unsure of what step to take next, travel well,