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Dear All

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. 

Kind regards

James Wildgoose