From our curate…
As we continue to find our way through this global pandemic, I suspect many of us have found that Covid-19 has changed our lives in some way. In our home, my family and I have been lucky enough to stay healthy and we have adapted to our new normal and found blessings there. We are not, however, without our own experiences of change.
At this time, under ordinary circumstances, I would be getting ready to be ordained as a priest in the Church of England, at the end of this month. As an ordained deacon in the CofE, I’ve found real joy in being able to walk alongside people at various key stages of life, in ministering within and sharing in the lives and worship of the wonderful church family at Holy Trinity, and being present within the local community. Sadly, the annual ordination services cannot now go ahead as planned. There is, however, the possibility that ordinations might be able to take place later this year, albeit in an altered format.
Whilst I am sad that I will not able to celebrate and mark the occasion of my priesting as I would have once hoped to, and that a chunk of my first year of ministry has been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 virus, this pandemic has brought a new perspective to life. Much will be changed, different and – in some ways – unfamiliar, and as I think and pray about what it will mean to be a priest/minister in God’s church, moving forwards, I pray for the grace to play my part in God’s work of restoration, healing and the flourishing of the world.