It's not like it was hard or anything… Just long. The constant friend-making mode is a little overwhelming and very tiring. But it was an extraordinary week. I have made so many amazing friends and I thank God for each and every one. They are a support and comfort and make me smile. I have played games and watched movies and walked the loop and sat around a most likely forbidden campfire. I have star gazed and scottish danced and hiked in the Lake District. I have gone out with my girls and gone to lectures and sat and chatted all in just one short week. And those are just the highlights.
It's been loads of fun here at the castle. I am so glad God sent me here because it truly is an amazing place. Today in lectures, we started learning how to summarize the whole of the Old Testament in three minutes. With hand motions! It is an incredible lecture, if you can even call it that. It's more like an interactive. We have a guest lecturer teaching it named Paul. He's very funny and really a great guy. I'm excited for the rest of his lessons this week and that he will be coming back during spring school to teach us the New Testament portion.
Other than that particular short lecture series, we also have series called Introduction to the Bible, The Transforming Friendship, and A Praying Life. Intro to the Bible is part of our accredited course of lectures, which basically means we get tested on it. (I have a multiple choice and short answer quiz on that this Thursday.) The other two lectures are supplementary lectures. No lecture lasts more than a couple of weeks, which is nice because I'm not a huge fan of all of them right now. Some can get a little boring.
But I really like the course of my days, here. We typically have three morning lectures and one morning "other" period. Tuesday mornings we meet with our family groups which are randomly created groups of people assigned to a set of Capernwray staff "parents." Monday mornings we meet with regionally-based interactive groups, which are peer-led bible study groups. (I will eventually end up leading once or twice with a partner.) And then Wednesdays and Thursdays our other period varies. Fridays, half the student body goes to a seminar while the other half does duties around the campus. And then Saturday is free, as well as most of Sunday (we have one morning and one evening chapel service).
So that's how my weeks go! In the future I will be posting more on one specific thought, but since everything is so new I wanted to give everyone the low-down.