Bringing Christ into deeper focus
Little did I realise when I was licensed in September 2019 that the first couple of years of my ministry would include Zoom prayer meetings, recording services and livestreaming services.
We have all learnt so much about how to keep in touch when we can’t physically be together. I work within the Aylsham and District Team Ministry and our fortnightly Zoom team meetings were a huge blessing to share our lives and plans together. I felt more part of the ministry team than I had before I was licensed and it was an exciting challenge to discuss ways to reach out to our community with God’s love.
Since we have moved back to a new normal I felt called to be based at my home church in Aylsham, rather than leading services alone in the smaller rural churches. Revd Canon Julie Boyd has encouraged me to lead the first half of a Communion service, take a lead in All Age Worship, and preach regularly, as well as being involved in other aspects of the service. I feel more able to share my faith and how Jesus works in my life with people both in and out of church. I work in a Church of England school and discuss my faith with the children, occasionally lead Collective Worship, and most recently arranged a Family Learning Day based around a Sensory Prayer Trail. My job, as a School Business Manager, has evolved to include Pastoral Care, both for staff and children and for their families.
I feel truly blessed to be an LLM, it has brought Christ into greater focus across all aspects of my life. I have been asked if I see this as a step to being ordained and for me it is not. I feel strongly that God has put me where I am supposed to be, sharing my faith, sharing God’s love, in my working life, social life and church life. What better gift could I be given?
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