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Living happily ever after still means you have to clean house and do the dishes


EfM – Education for Ministry. Not to be mixed up with Seminary, I have not been studying to become a deacon or a priest (Though I did try to convince my Buddhist uncle that that might be the case). It’s a fairly intensive part-time course. 3 hours a week in class and 2-4 hours a week studying. The course lasts four years, and runs for nine months each year. The course is intended to prepare one for working in the various ministries of the Church. It was an excellent experience, and now it is over I miss it.

EFM Graduation

Today saw the end of my four years of study Though it took me five years to complete the course – I took a year’s sabbatical in 2013/2014 as I was too busy to fit all the course work in…. Continue Reading →

John and Kris Graduate from EfM

Today I got to see my friends John and Kris receive their EfM certificates. Four years, all done.

EFM Retreat

I’ve now finished my third year of EfM – Education for Ministry. Ministry in this context refers to service, not as many of my UK friends and family thought, ordination. Though I do have to admit I kept that snippet of information quiet when talking to my Buddhist uncle,

Checking my lesson (365:349)

Ginger dropped me off early at church tonight. I used the extra time to sit in the classroom and go over my coursework.


I’m now well into year two of my EfM course

Thursday Evening (365:265)

Today was my study day. Today it really is 100 days until the end of this project!

Studying again (365:258)

The second year of my EFM course starts tonight, and we’re working on the first lesson in advance. This week I had to listen to the text, which explains the earphones. I chose to read it too. I’m really looking… Continue Reading →

Staring into space

I do a lot of mental staring into space, not so much actually gazing into the distance though. I’m having a bit of a mope at the moment. No real reason, just a minor self pity fest. I’ll shake it… Continue Reading →

Studying in the back yard (365:137)

The yard needs to be mowed, we’ll have to get a kid on to it. I had a quiet day studying. It’s my final class for this academic year on Thursday. Lots of reading has been done, just the course… Continue Reading →

EFM Retreat (365:127)

This week’s EFM class was held on a Saturday, so we got out of the classroom and spent the day in a cabin by the river. It was very nice to sit in the screened porch going through the lessons… Continue Reading →

Studying with cats (365:126)

This week I did my studying on a Friday. That’s because class was moved from Thursday night to Saturday so we could have a mini retreat. I had two (long) chapters to get through today so I set aside most… Continue Reading →

Hair cut (365:104)

It’s Thursday and this isn’t a picture of me studying. Just a quick picture of my cut hair on the floor, before I settled down studying for the day. At class this evening we took some time out to go… Continue Reading →

My once a week ‘Studying’ picture (365:097)

Thursday keeps on coming around every week. I had time for one quick test of the infamous wood burner before settling down to my studies for this week’s class. The wood burner experiment hints at possible improvements, my studying produced… Continue Reading →

Parallel Guide (365:090)

It’s Thursday, so I’m studying. As we were off backpacking last week I missed a class, so I had to read two week’s lesson notes today to bring myself up to date. It’s good to see the auto focus on… Continue Reading →

Thursday (365:055)

My day might have been simpler if I’d studied the right lesson in the first place, so I had to study two. At least I’ve covered most of the ground for next week’s work already. Class and late night shopping… Continue Reading →

Thursday studies (365:041)

School run this morning. Yay! -7°F (-22°C) Brrrrr! Tank of gas $52 Grrrrrr! Well that’s what my Facebook status read this morning. If the school district thinks it’s okay to travel in on fresh snow laying on ice and -7°F… Continue Reading →

Coursework (365:005)

I’ve two lots of coursework to do before tomorrow evening’s class. I won’t get much more time to work on my studying today as shortly after I get home from the school run I’ve a meeting and then I’ll be… Continue Reading →

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