Following a chat with Rev Neil Watson, I am planning to restart the Men’s Group. Since it is not a new activity – rather restarting a previous one – I am assuming that I do not need formal approval from the (Belhaven) Kirk Session, though I will inform them of it.
I’m e-mailing simply to let you know of this development and to seek any comments/views you may have. Previously it was suggested that we continue with the first Monday in the month – meeting monthly – usually October through to April or May. I am conscious that Mondays don’t suit everyone – but then I doubt that we can find a night in the week which does - so I’m proposing that we continue with Mondays.
The immediate problem I have is that I’m on holiday on the first Monday in October, and just back on the second Monday, so I propose that our first meeting be on Monday 15 October – 8pm in The Stables. For this first meeting I propose that we have an open discussion on the programme; I have some specific ideas to suggest and will ask a number of possible speakers whether they would be happy to come to speak – or be interviewed. But nothing set in tablets of stone before we have our first discussion on 15 October. One other point for that first meeting is to choose a name for the Group. I would prefer to call it a specific name rather than simply the “Men’s Group” which has something of the non pc about it. There is the group “Inspire” for the women, and I wondered whether we might think of something along that line eg “Explore” or “Enquire”. I hope therefore that we can agree on a name on 8 October.
As noted, I would welcome any comments/views on this development. I should say that I received the e-mail list from a previous Men’s Group circulation list (plus a few I’ve added). I will use this list solely for the purposes of the Group – whatever we eventually decide to call it. Please let me know if you would prefer to be omitted from the list. Equally, I suspect there will be others who might be interested but not on the list – so if you know of others who may be interested please let them know and, subject to their agreement, I’ll add them.