It seems a very long and a very short time ago that I began training for ordained ministry in September 2010. I had just left St Philip’s as I was to be assessed all through training by my vicar (and David might have been biased!) so I had begun worshipping at St Luke’s and Christ Church Chelsea, which has been my home throughout training.
During these last nearly three years I have studied, written assignments, preached, been on placement to a hospital chaplaincy and generally been part of the life of St Luke’s. I’ve also attended regular residential weekends in Salisbury, where the course is based. But perhaps the most intangible and challenging part of training has been the mysterious thing called ‘formation’, the process by which all the learning, experience, preparation and prayer shapes and ‘forms’ the person in training for ordained ministry. It’s all been hugely enjoyable, if very demanding at times.
And now, having been cleared for take-off, I’m to be one of 30 people being ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 29 June at 3pm. Afterwards I’ll continue to be based at St Luke’s and Christ Church as a curate working half time, and still working half time for the Ministry Division, part of the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. I’m now at the stage where I’m full of anticipation and trepidation in equal measure, and I know that life will never be the same again.’
Please do feel free to come to the ordination service, but you’ll need to arrive early to be sure of a seat.