Normally I like Sundays. Normally. Today is different. I have to go to one of those events, so typical of Churches, where if I don't go it will lead to criticism of myself (which I can live with) and of my Church (which is always more complicated). I am expected to be there. As are members of my Church.
What the hard pressed parents of my Church have been doing in the few hours they have today with their children after a demanding week, I don't know. Personally, I have been trying to use the time before I go to do what I would normally do. Except there just isn't time.
Sundays after services have finished are for me about planning; the only time I get in the week just to think, as opposed to think about something.
I have changed my mind about a lot in my ministry, the one thing I haven't changed my mind about is the number of completely pointless and purposeless events and meetings that we pressure people to attend.
At the end of the day, I am paid to go to these horrible events. I just wish there were fewer of them.
The Church talks a lot about supporting families. It could make a real contribution to family life by not dividing families and by not asking one or other of the parents to go to unnecessary meetings and events.
Am I being unreasonable?
Oh and I forgot to mention, these events cost a loy of money at a time when normal people are struggling just to survive.
I am sorry if I sound annoyed: I am!