When I was offered a place on the Church Council, I did not know it was such a big thing. The candidates have been presented in the press, and as everybody goes to vote on the parliamental elections, they get their card to vote on the members of the Church Council too. I am only standing for my local parish, for the Parish Church Council but I am nervous.
But hey, if I dont get a place, then fair enough. I am new to the neighbourhood, and cant expect a bunch of strangers to vote for me.
The fact that I did this in London makes a great difference to the clergy, though.
I have not been campaigning. Other than talking to the people in the street, or other people who have asked.
I did not realise it was such a big thing. I went to a toddler group at the Church hall a year ago, and the leader told me the group was closing due to lack of funding, and I was telling her about how such clubs are run in London, and we got talking about my work for my old Parish Church, fund raising etc. Not long after the vicar called me....
MP I am in Norway. On the one hand I feel I should have pulled out, I dont know this parish and this Church well enough. However, I do know what I want and expect from and in a church, but that is not unusual.