I first began exploring a call to ordination whilst reading for a degree in English Literature at Oxford. After graduating, I started as a Pastoral Assistant on the similar CEMES (Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme). The job felt exhilarating, exhausting, dynamic, and strangely right, and so a year later, I found myself at a BAP (Bishop’s Advisory Panel). The outcome was a recommendation, meaning I’ll start a three year-training programme in September 2017. For now, my days are filled with the noise of toddlers, the constant chaos of teenagers, the joys of community, admin and fights over real coffee, and an awkward reverence of God. It’s mostly utterly brilliant!
“Once I am sure there’s nothing going on
I step inside, letting the door thud shut.
Another church: matting, seats, and stone,
And little books; sprawlings of flowers, cut
For Sunday, brownish now; some brass and stuff
Up at the holy end; the small neat organ;
And a tense, musty, unignorable silence,
Brewed God knows how long. Hatless, I take off
My cycle-clips in awkward reverence.”
‘Church Going’, Philip Larkin