Even though the last three years of my life have been leading up to being ordained and begin as a curate, and I have been diligently studying and preparing for all of this, I have to admit that the reality of it all is now really beginning to sink in. We have lots to do, and lots to pack, and then lots to unpack on our arrival in the Ministry Area!
I have lived in Newport for the last 7 years, and during that time my wife, Jess, and I were married. She is currently working in Clintons Cards, and we have had a two year old daughter called Clara. Her favourite activities at the moment are making noise, dancing and going fast!
My day job for the last few years has been as Hub Leader for The Lab, in Alway in Newport, where we have a community house and are involved in all sorts of activities, like running local youth clubs and a group exploring spirituality by eating waffles. As well as sharing my experiences with you, I am looking forward to learning new things over the coming years in the Ministry Area.
I have been studying as a pioneer ordinand for the Church in Wales in Oxford with the Church Mission Society and Ripon College Cuddesdon. In my ordination service I will be charged by the Bishop as a Deacon to care for all in the church, to help lead worship and to be a sign to the church that we are all called to serve Christ in the world. It will be a joy to be able to serve in the Ministry Area, and please pray for me as I grow into this new ministry.
I am really excited to be with you all and serve you as your Curate, joining in with the all the fantastic things already happening in the area, as well as seeing where God is already at work in the community and is calling us to be present.
In my spare time I enjoy making home brew, creating things, live music, going on all sorts of outdoor adventures, and generally creating chaos and mess with my daughter – much to the joy of my wife!
Please pray for all three of us as we move into the area and get settled. I look forward to getting to know you all and spending my curacy with you.
Taken from the June issue of the Ministry Area Magazine, available in churches this Sunday.