In January 2012, after a long process of discernment, I was accepted as an ordinand by the Church of England. I am now in full-time training to be a Priest. I began my training at the Queen’s Foundation in Edgbaston in September last year. It is a wonderful experience to spend time with other ordinands and to share thoughts and experiences.
In college we study many varied topics including theology, the history of the Church and the development of faith throughout the last 2000 years. My last assignment considered gender and spirituality and how these differences might form our relationships with God. My favourite assignments concern the Christian faith and what it is we believe about the nature of God; as a whole body but also as individuals. I enjoy writing assignments as they enable me to develop my beliefs and form my future ministry.
I was really pleased when I learned I could stay at Holy Trinity as my link church for most of my training. Holy Trinity has been my home church for around 9 years and it is a great place for me to learn and grow. Everyone has been extremely encouraging and supportive. I recently led my first service there and preached my first sermon at Evening Prayer. It was quite an experience but now that I have done it once I am certainly ready for more.
During this term however, I have had to leave Holy Trinity for 10 weeks whilst I am on an intensive placement in the parishes of Coleshill and Maxstoke. I’m really enjoying being there and it is a great opportunity to experience first-hand all that goes on during the working week for a vicar in a parish. Everyone has been very welcoming. I do miss seeing everyone at Holy Trinity but I suppose it is good practise for when I’ll have to leave in summer 2014. It seems a long way away but I’m sure the time will fly by.
This Sunday I shared the leading of the main service in my placement church. I wore a cassock and a surplice for the very first time. I’m pleased to say, no major mistakes were made.
It really is a huge privilege to be an ordinand...