Alton Webteam: October 2016
One minister from Ilkley has been using his sabbatical in a unique and interesting way: by building a shepherd's hut named Hilda!
The Revd Rob Hilton, minister of Christchurch, Ilkley, undertook this task as part of his sabbatical exploration on what it means to be a 'shepherd'.
"As a minister ordained 22 years ago," Rob said, "I found myself reflecting on what shepherding means. Jesus was described as The Good Shepherd and ministers are shepherds of a flock."
From there, Rob used his previous experience building sheds to undertake the challenge of building his own portable shepherd's hut for prayer.
"Researching how to build my own shepherd's hut was an insight into the tradition. Apart from the chassis and roof, everything is salvaged material — a valuable lesson in the teaching that God's love can make the best out of anything or anyone. I have appreciated having so many materials given to me. I feel cocooned in the goodwill, encouragement and support of those who gave me bits and pieces."
As well as building the hut, Rob has spent time working alongside shepherds and farmers to better understand their motivations and ways of life.
Email: The Revd Rob Hilton firstname.lastname@example.org
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