Rev Amy Webb, curate, Botley, Curdridge and Durley, says ’together with my call to be a servant, I am now a shepherd who guides and walks alongside, sharing the story of God’s love for all’
There are many examples including starting your first job, getting married, the death of a loved one or the birth of a child.
For me, being ordained priest, at Portsmouth Cathedral at the beginning of last month, was one such moment.
On the one hand my priesting was the final destination of a journey which I started many years ago when I first began to explore a sense of being called into Christian leadership; a journey through three years of discerning God’s call, a selection panel, three years of theological training and a year as a deacon.
But, on the other hand, my priesting was the beginning of the journey of the rest of my life as a priest; a role I have been trained for but that I will spend the rest of my life growing into.
One practical difference between my role as a priest and my role as a deacon is that I can now preside at Holy Communion, which means that I can now say the prayers over the bread and the wine to consecrate them.
However, being a priest doesn’t stop me from being a deacon. All priests, even bishops, remain at their very core, a deacon, whose role is to serve the community in which they are set.
Being ordained priest just adds another dimension to my role as a deacon.
Together with my call to be a servant, I am now called to be a shepherd who guides and walks alongside, sharing the story of God’s love for all people.
Although now a priest I remain a Curate in my training parishes of Botley, Curdridge and Durley for a few more years, under the guidance of my Vicar Rev Gregg Mensingh.
As I grow in the role I hope to develop a ministry which is open and inclusive, which encourages and enables people to flourish, and which leads others into discovering God’s call on their lives.
n All Saints Church Botley, St Peter’s Church, Curdridge and Holy Cross Church, Durley.
n Contact the parish office on 01489 782445
n bcd-churches.org.uk or find us on Facebook, search Botley, Curdridge and Durley.