Greetings in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
It has been 13 months since I joined you all in your individual and collective ministries within the Littleborough and Rochdale Circuit, working closely with Moorhouse, Smithy Bridge and Syke Methodist churches as a Probationer Deacon Minister.
As a probationer, I often find myself reading both the circuit profile and probation handbook, and while reading our probation handbook, I found some encouraging words which I want to share with you because they not only reflect my journey of discernment, but they also reflect some of the church and faith journeys: “The journey through probation may not always be comfortable either for probationers or for those around them. It is a time of adjustment not merely to a new role but to a new way of being a time of heart-searching and questioning, of exploration and discovery. It is a time when expectations are challenged, and frustrations encountered as the Church and probationers undertake discernment together. At a time of rapid change in the Church and society, these tensions become all the more apparent. And yet it is a time of great joy.”
It has been a great joy and privilege for me to journey with you over the last 13 months. I would like to express my gratitude to you all for your contributions to my continued learning and development as I respond to God’s call to ordained ministry in the Methodist Church. Your continuous acceptance, recognition, affirmation, support, and prayers are immensely appreciated as I continue to develop my accountability to God almighty and to you all. Through you, I feel held in God’s hands as we discern and seek God’s will together, in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Probationer Deacon Minister,