And so Bake-Off comes to an end. Pause for breath. And what a finish.
Before Bake-Off tonight I was an an induction of Peter Gardener as a new pioneer minister to the arts community in Glasgow. A new project of the church to explore ministry to particular communities rather than base it all in parish work.
Now, in my head, these two things are linked: what would the faith community be like if we shaped different styles of ministry responding to different needs of communities rather than have one catch-all that doesn't catch-all?
I'm not being as flippant as imaging a pioneer ministry to bakers but learn about the different needs of different parts of our community and shape ministry (not ministers but ways of caring in the language and culture of those we aim to care for) to particular needs and culture?
Might this be a much wider thing for us to consider though we are already halfway along that road with our consultation, finding the needs of the community and shaping the church round those needs. Hey, look at that, that's exactly where we are: pioneering, reshaping, being creative in ministry our ministry.
And we actually do have a ministry to bakers with our own version of Bake-Off on the 17th November. It will be the signature bake of Thursday Night Out.