overhead Friday 11th April 2014
Cappuccino: You are looking more flustered that usual. Has it been a hard day at your happy ship of learning?
Latté: Happy ship? Very messy ship at the moment.
Cappuccino: Tell me about it. I might, of course, regret saying that.
Latté: It started before 8 o’clock this morning. Hannah, one of my NQTs was in tears.
Cappuccino: Oh dear. Classroom challenges?
Latté: Not at all. In fact, I have reason to believe that the sixth form are frightened of her.
Cappuccino: What was it that upset this fearsome young woman?
Latté: Yes. You know, those places where Christians tend to hang out, especially on Sundays.
Cappuccino: Church, yes I am familiar with the concept. What was the problem with church?
Latté: Well, you have heard of Messy Church, haven’t you?
Cappuccino: I have, although to me that’s tautology.
Latté: Well, Hannah goes to Wacky Church.
Cappuccino: Also tautology.
Latté: You are not taking me seriously. Hannah’s church leader, allegedly, announced that he was no longer the leader, but that the Holy Spirit was the leader.
Cappuccino: Innovative, but curious.
Latté: He also said that if any members have a complaint they should take it, not to him, but to the Holy Spirit.
Cappuccino: Ah. I see. So, since the Holy Spirit doesn’t need a salary, then the church will now save some serious cash?
Latté: An intriguing point. I’m not sure that the Rev. No-Longer-Leader will see it that way.
Cappuccino: So basically he is abdicating responsibility, but not the power or the money?
Latté: Maybe. But it gets wackier.
Cappuccino: Ah, is this where Hannah comes in?
Latté: Yes. Hannah is a Sunday school teacher and has a Sunday school class of six year olds. She finds them a refreshing change from sixth formers.
Cappuccino: Sounds a good arrangement.
Latté: Yes, it works well, but the Rev. No-Longer-Leader has decided to dissolve Sunday school, and the children must remain in the service. He says that the Holy Spirit will enable the children to understand the sermons.
Cappuccino: Probably feasible if the Holy Spirit wrote and preached the sermons.
Latté: Well, I think that the Rev. No-Longer-Leader thinks that the Holy Spirit does, with a little help from himself, of course.
Cappuccino: Ah. So what did you say to Hannah?
Latté: I told her that sometimes you just have to watch whilst people make silly mistakes, and wait for common sense to return. I said to her, ‘Meanwhile, get back to frightening the sixth form.’
Cappuccino: Good advice. Getting stuck into work can often be therapeutic.
Latté: Do you want to know what happened next this morning?
Latté: Not about the curious incident in the science lab involving the cheese sandwich?
Cappuccino: No. Not at all. Now drink up and get back to leading your school, making sure that you get a new consultant.
Latté: Who’s that?
Cappuccino: God the Holy Spirit, of course. None better.
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