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Clothes Make the Man

There used to be a friendly bowling match (outdoor bowls) in one of my parishes between officers (and friends) of the two respective Boys’ Brigade Companies in the Town.

I appeared at my first one, wearing  jeans and a t-shirt, to be told by a gentleman in his sixties and whom I hadn’t met before, “For a minister of the Kirk, you look like a tramp!”

Wow!  Some rude comment!

Now, this guy was wearing a white cap (in was summertime), a white polo shirt and cream-coloured chinos.

So, I replied: “Well, at least I didn’t put on fancy dress to make me look like a geriatric ice-cream salesman!”



Now, on the other hand…. when I ministered in Guernsey, I was invited to attend the induction/introduction service of the new Methodist Minister in St.Peter’s Port.

As was (sadly dying out), it is the custom for Church of Scotland ministers to wear full robes (cassock, Geneva gown, academic hood etc) to such events.

So I did – and found myself sitting up-front with fellow clergy (including the rector of the Town Church), all of whom were wearing suits and dog collars or ties.

Only the officiating Methodist Superintendent was robed – and that was just a cassock.

Talk about an ΙΧΘΥΣ  out of water!


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The Meenister’s Log

I have been very blessed with the the youth leaders with whom I’ve worked over the years.

Although, sometimes, I’ve been left “holding the baby”, as it were.

For example, a particular Cub Scout leader couldn’t cope with the little horrors in her charge any more, and was at the fringes of having what used to be called “a nervous breakdown”.

I knew little about Cubs….. and here comes my big confession: I WAS EXPELLED FROM THE CUB SCOUTS after two years (for unruly behaviour)!!!!!!! …. but I got persuaded to take them over.

Why?  “because you have a loud voice”

In another Parish, having foolishly said that I had looked after that Cub Pack, I was invited on a Tuesday to take over the Scouts on the Friday, even although I had no experience at all of Scouting.

In a previous Charge, I got landed with the Boys Brigade.  Being the Minister, I became the Chaplain, but most Friday evenings, after I had opened the proceedings, I was asked by the Captain to stay on and help, as very few, if any sometimes, of the other Officers had turned up.

It was a good working arrangement, however, as the Captain was the manager of a local grocery store and at the end of the month I got “tick”

So, knowing next to nothing about uniformed youth organizations, in the past I’ve taught knots, shouted a lot, been to camps, shouted a lot, instructed lads in drill, and shouted a lot ……….

…….. oh, and pulled out a Cub who had thought it a good idea to climb into the alligators’ enclosure at Port of Spain Zoo…. but was too stunned to shout at all!

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