Yesterday I did the first workshop at St Michael and All  Angels church in Macclesfield, as part of my Diocese of Chester commission.

It took an hour and 20 mins to get there, which was a bit of a pain, but the diocese covers a vast area and I’ve been assured that that one is the furthest I would have to travel.

It actually took a week to prepare for it, which I really must bear in mind when I work out costs for future projects.  The event lasts for a week, but I was only required to be there for the one day (thankfully – given the amount of travelling!)  So that meant that I had to prepare materials and instructions,  not just for the day, but for the week ahead.

I thought the best thing to do was then to make up a stack of paper fish all at different stages – very Blue Peterish, but it seemed to work.

I arrived half an hour early at the church  to set up the tables, but rather than start straight away, they began an hour long mass.

I won’t lie, its a long time since I’ve been to church and I knew none of the songs, so I just stood there like a lemon.

I don’t know if many will turn up to the drop in sessions at the church. I keep checking the website and social media sites and can see very little promotion.  Maybe the A board they had outside would normally be enough to attract people?

Its one of the frustrating things about being commissioned to do something – not that I’m ungrateful in any way (!) but I’m so used to not relying on others.