Skip to main content

Lets Do Lunch

I'm sitting in the South Hill Park cafe, having dropped the dog at the groomers for his much needed trim and tidy-up (the house is covered in dog hair, the Hoover is FULL of dog hair!) I'm not teaching today, and there's an hour to use up before I pick him up again. Well that was the plan, but this time Simon will collect him and bring him here to meet me. You see, we're trying to "Do Lunch" together today, and we've had to come up with a creative plan for how we can meet somewhere for 45 minutes! Hope the weather stays nice. If it starts to rain the plan will backfire, as we're planning on sitting outside (remember the dog?!)

At REAL we've got a lunch break and (new this year) a dinner break. You might like to pop home...or have some space and time alone before the evening, but you also might like to stay out and eat near Bracknell. If so, I'd recommend booking somewhere, and perhaps popping into Wokingham for Prezzo, Pizza Express, Nandos, Cafe Rouge or Zizzi - look out for special offers for these great places! There are also some nice pubs nearby - Peacock Farm in Jennets Park, The Cricketers, or more reasonably - the Golden Retriever. In Bracknell town centre there's the all-you-can eat Chinese, and nearby there's the Harvester and some fish and chip shops and Indian restaurants.

I'd love to hear where you'd recommend too?

Both meal breaks are great opportunities to get together with a friend or two and eat. We've extended the lunchtime break to 90 minutes, so time for a wander into town if you want, or you may prefer to bring some food and have a bit of a picnic either inside Kerith or out (when you're praying for REAL, please remember good weather please!).

How are you feeling about what I've written so far? Excited....Busy making plans....looking forward to it? Or Anxious....nervous....wondering who (anyone?) you'll be able to eat with?

I think you might be surprised to know that many girls do feel really anxious about such things. We all seem to think that "everyone else" is sorted. "Everyone else" has no shortage of women to invite/ be invited by."Everyone else" already has plans.

. Given that "we're ALL feeling like this" why not initiate that conversation, make that invitation, extend your group to include others? Are you a gatherer? Could you organise something? Promise me you'll at least have the conversation with someone?

Courage is required for friendship.

There's risk of rejection, but it's a risk worth taking.

I'm so looking forwards to REAL, and particularly to teaching in two of the sessions, which is a great privilege.

Together, and Friendship are BIG, REAL issues to tackle, but I think we're ready for it - bring it on God!

 

Comments

Great Blog Catrina,following up from a great talk today - really looking forward to the rest of the conference - it is so great how you are always keeping it "REAL" . . .

:-)

God Bless You,
Cat x

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Blog: Esther in Indonesia

I'm delighted to welcome Esther Ross-Watson to my Blog today! She is a dearly loved member of our Kerith family. She and her late husband Michael served as missionaries for many years. Esther bravely made the decision to travel again, and she has recently returned from Indonesia. Here's her story: 

Whilst Michael was on his last days on earth in August 2017 he received a request from the Island of Madura, Indonesia asking us to return to the town of Pamekasen, Madura, Indonesia where we had begun our Missions work in July 1973 exactly one year after we were married. They were keen to have us see what God had been doing in the years since we’d moved on and we excitedly said ‘Yes’ we will come!Obviously that had to go on hold for a while because I didn’t feel I could, or even wanted to go alone!
Anyway around March/April time 2018, I begun to feel a gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit urging me to think some more about it! It was like a feeling of wanting to know for myself what had …

3 Little Bottles

Thought I'd mix it up today and do something lighthearted here.

I popped into town this morning (as an aside, anyone else still incredulous that "new Bracknell / The Lexicon is so great and that it's really here to stay?!) 
Anyhow, I popped into town for a quick wander and bought 3 "essentials" I'd run out of, so I thought I'd share them with you - and of course I'd love to hear about your 3 recent essential purchases.



1 Contact lense solution
I've worn glasses since Secondary school, and contact lenses since I left Uni. Gas permeables - great for me - slightly perilous in swimming pools / the sea / other people's sinks (£80 to replace). They work for me - and so a couple of bottles of solution each month keep me going.I ran out a couple of days ago, so it was £4.70 well spent for clean lenses and clear eyesight.

2. "Buffet" by The Ordinary
This was a new one for me, a present I received last Christmas. I LOVE it and can't recommend i…

Our Living Hope

Not sure what happens with my blog...or me writing my blog! Can't believe I've been away from it for almost two months. Oh well, no condemnation! Let's pick it up and start again :)
Yesterday was a great day in Church! I was so challenged and encouraged - I love Sundays and all the different ways God shows His love and who he is to us. Natalie Jones preached at both our morning meetings in Bracknell , she gave such a good message on generosity, be sure to catch it when the podcast comes on our website, but for now, watch a summary of Natalie's preach
At the 6pm meeting, we had Paul Manwaring sharing about culture : the 4 Gamechangers - again, a really challenging message to check out if you didn't get to hear it live.

I wore my HOPE earrings yesterday - sometimes I deliberately choose to wear them as a practical symbol that I am choosing HOPE - that I choose Jesus, I choose trust, I choose hope.
I'm so glad I did, as throughout the day I felt God speak to me about …