As all the Christmas services were over before celebrating the New Year my thoughts turned to my Probation assignment. We had to do a Gospel in context project that was submitted for marking and then when it came time for our interviews in front of the District probation committee where we then presented the piece of work to the committee members.
It is quite nerve-racking because you don’t know what you will be asked but it is a good place where you can feel safe enough to say what you really think, it is also a good place for the church to continue discerning the future of the probationer. For myself and many others one of the main questions was going to be would they recommend us for Ordination in the summer.
Listening to the stories that get shared in a safe environment with those I trained with it is obvious that it is rare to get a probation appointment that doesn’t have issues or problems that you are expected to deal with with no experience. For some there is also not as much support as you would like. All appointments will have their ups and downs but in your first appointment you don’t expect major issues, or you find there are things we are never told to expect when we were in college – I think the response would be “it’s formational” it is a well used phrase!
This is where having a good network of people to seek advice from helps.
It was a long day but the outcome was that myself and the others who were being interviewed were all being recommended for Ordination this July. This recommendation then went to Presbyteral synod – again they affirmed the recommendation.
Then the strange period continued…
The day before meeting with the District probation committee we received tickets for the Ordination, having not yet been recommended it puts your head in a strange place. We also had to register for conference, which needed to be done before we heard the final decision from MCPOC. Until we received the final verdict we were not allowed to publicise the recommendation from district which is fair enough, though, we could tell those who really needed to know but I also knew that it would only be a week or two before the District Testimony service which was to be the afternoon session of District Synod when we would hopefully find out. So notices went out for the service but we still did not know if we would actually be going to London for Conference, to be received in to full connexion and be Ordained.
Currently I’m trying to make sure I’m ahead of myself… Having the services from now until we leave for our Ordination retreat, possibly, hopefully also the Sunday after we return from London sorted as much as possible.
For all you praying people, please hold all those who will be received into full connexion and Ordained on the 3rd July. The morning worship when we are received into connexion will be live streamed over the Internet for those who want to see everything that is going on. The day before my Chair of District Roger Walton, will become the President of Conference which like a lot of the conference session the following week will also be live streamed. If you ever wondered what goes on at Conference tune in and have a look.
There are also tickets still available for some of the Ordination services. If you are thinking of looking for something different to do or wanting to support someone you know why not get a ticket and join us in London. All information can be found on the web link below.