Yesterday I was ordained Deacon at Birmingham Cathedral. It was a beautiful
service, a sunny day with lots of people from Holy Trinity joining me to celebrate.
My journey to ordination has felt like a long one. It has been both challenging and fulfilling, with many adventures along the way. After going through a 2 year selection process, then spending two years at Queen's Foundation Birmingham, the final part of the journey was to spend a 4 day retreat with other ordinands in Holland House. It was such a huge privilege to spend these days with many wonderful and inspiring people. Bishop Andrew led the retreat, encouraging us to be leaders by modelling the leadership of Jesus.
The retreat was mostly in silence, which was quite a challenge... However, Holland House is set in such beautiful surroundings so it was quite easy to while away
hour after hour contemplating, beside the river or in the gardens. I even got to see a kingfisher dive down into the water.
Yesterday morning we woke early for Morning Prayer and after breakfast we set off, in our collars, to Birmingham Cathedral. I was so excited to see my husband and children after having been away from them for such a long time. (I even got to have a cuddle before the service).
The service was perfect! We sang one of my favourite songs, "In the Lord I'll be Ever Thankful" and the choir sounded beautiful. At the moment when we had to kneel in front of the bishop I was simply humbled... & later exhilarated.
There was a point in the service where the newly ordained deacons turned around to face the congregation. It was then that I saw just how many people had come
along to support me! I have been hugely supported throughout this journey. Indeed, the whole of Holy Trinity have shown me more love than I ever dared to hope for. I can never thank you all
After the service I got more hugs than I've ever had before! My 2 children were delighted as they got to hold Bishop David's staff for photographs.
So now, I have to leave Holy Trinity! I am officially the curate at St Peter and St Paul, Coleshill and St Michael and All Angels, Maxstoke. A new adventure lies ahead...
Rev'd Becky Stephens