Anne Dunlop's March Letter

If you have seen a stranger in your midst over the last few weeks it may have been me!  I am preparing for ordination and presently spending a couple of months following Karen and Chris around, observing and taking part in some of the weekly activities of your busy Community. 

My journey to this point began with training to be a Reader and then feeling that I would like to explore my ‘vocation to the ordained ministry’.  That phrase always makes me feel a bit uncomfortable as in practice it is far more down to earth.  

I did not begin this journey until my mid 50s, a time when the idea of change and new learning can seem daunting.  But the feeling that I would like to learn more about my faith, and perhaps encourage others to explore theirs, had been with me for some time.   I just needed a nudge to have the courage to discover whether this might be for me. 

My nudge was a television programme about the daily work of York Minster in which a man of 60 described how he was to be ordained Deacon the next Sunday.   Taking courage, I began to find out what might be involved in taking my interest forward.   What has followed has been hugely rewarding and continues to be so.  

Perhaps you have an interest in exploring ministry in the church?  If chatting to me might help with information of what is involved, please track me down via Karen – I am never far from her side on Sundays at present! 


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