For many years now I have managed to evade General Synod. I am a Synod Virgin. I have eschewed nomination, and even took a "sickie" when I was called once as an "alternate". There were other alternates and I'd already booked my holidays before the call came.
Oh yes! I was a proud attender of the old RCC which was a right good party in the olden days, but it was scrapped for this streamlined sleeker body called "General Synod". At first I didn't go out of protest. I wanted the "party" style of the RCC to remain forever. Later I gave it the Glaswegian bodyswerve because such Church machinations didn't interest me. I was much too involved in putting out fires at parish level... and lighting new ones!
So, it's with a bit of temerity that I've given in and prepare for my first Synod in Edinburgh on Thursday. Going to Synod is hard enough, but Edinburgh is probably worse. Who, in their right minds would want to go there???
However, no doubt I'll survive, but one word from the Primus or my Bishop that I look/sound far too poorly to be at Synod and I'll be back on the first train to my beloved Glasgow!