I’ve always been one of those people who enjoy being thrown in at the deep end. I like to hit the ground running, roll up my sleeves and just get stuck in with everything. Fortunately this has come in very handy over the last four months as this being my first blog post is testament to how busy I and the community have been!
I’ve been warmly welcomed into my church placements of All Saints Falmouth and New Street Church (part of Transforming Mission) by the leadership teams and the congregations themselves. My home church is St Day so I was
used to the Anglo-Catholicism of All Saints but I also have enjoyed discovering the free and evangelical contemporary style of worship at New Street Church. To me it’s been both sides of the same coin and I’m very privileged to have such a broad church placement. In the mornings I have been a thurifer or a candle bearing acolyte and in the afternoon I’ve led youth groups through the Exodus story, cooked hot dogs for a post-service BBQ, and played bass in the worship band for our Christmas carol service. It’s been a good few months alongside these two wonderful congregations and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in even more in the new year ahead.
My first chaplaincy placement was volunteering alongside the chaplaincy team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital – Treliske, an ecumenical team of Anglicans, Methodists, Roman Catholics and Pentecostal ministers in providing spiritual care, support and advice across the whole of the hospital. I really enjoyed my time in Treliske and found the chaplaincy work rewarding and spiritually nourishing as well, it was something I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would and the role of chaplain in a secular setting is definitely something I’d like to revisit in the future. My placement for the beginning of this year is at St Petroc’s homeless shelter and drop in centre in Truro helping people who find themselves homeless and providing them with support, advice, training, accommodation and opportunities for resettlement. I’ve already done one day and looking forward to getting involved with the organisation.
Saturdays are our study day in the community and I’ve definitely been busy on most of them! Scott and I have gone through a Local Worship Leaders course in Truro to help empower lay people to lead Sunday services and we’ve also been up to Plymouth twice to sit in on SWMTC lectures. I’ve really enjoyed the lectures we’ve attended on those days and getting my head back into an academic way of thinking wasn’t as difficult (or as painful) as I thought it would be! I’m really looking forward to more days in Plymouth this year and have really enjoyed the lectures and being around like minded people on their journey towards ordination or readership.
At Christmas we said goodbye to Scott who joined the community in September with me but it was definitely the right choice for him as he continues to discern God’s guidance in his life and he is always in our prayers as a community. It was sad to see him go but we knew that he had made the right choice. This means for the rest of the year the community is made up of Jem and myself as we explore God’s calling on our lives and our own personal discernment journeys.
So as the new year begins in the Way2Community it’s full steam ahead once more so keep an eye out to read what we get up to!