Well it was great to be at Donna’s ordination at Southwark Cathedral on Sunday. Along with some others from the church. Donna is our new curate at Springfield and she has now had her first two days with us which is great.
We spent the morning yesterday looking at her role with us and looking at some of what her role will include. Very relaxed. Sitting in the sunshine (well me anyway). Drinking lots of coffee. Great.
One of the things that we discussed was how surprising it was that she ended up as a curate with us.
Really, it is.
No, I really mean it.
If the system was such that all the prospective incumbents were given all the curate CV’s and all the curates were given the incumbent CV’s my bet is that both of us would have moved swiftly on.
But the thing is that we did talk together. We did explore, realistically, what ministry would look like at Springfield. She did come to a couple of services. She did meet all the staff and the wardens.
Back to the service. It was great to be there at the beginning of Donna’s ministry. The strange thing was that having duly processed up the aisle with the other clergy we were sat in the stalls where we could see nary a thing. Even leaning forward and trying to look down left us with very little.
The good thing though where I sat was that I was in the “William Shakespeare” seat. Well there was a plaque on it that said William Shakespeare and that was good enough for me. In fact when a couple of clergy left and came back having done some gainful employment in the service I got a “you could have moved up to let us in”. To which I replied “What and give up my William Shakespeare seat? Not likely”.
The service on Sunday at Southwark also had an “incident” in it. Just as the Bishop rose to say the peace a man came into the cathedral and stood at the front and started screaming and f’ing at everyone. It was a reminder that ministry is frequently messy and can’t be contained in nice comfortable church life.
It’s a joy to have Donna as our curate and I hope and pray that she and we will be blessed by her ministry amongst us.
Having paraded out at the end it was lovely to get a photo of those from Springfield (as well as Angela Gbebikan) with Donna.