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FROM READER TO DEACON: Pat Wood

Archbishop John has created some controversy with his decision to invite Readers to consider whether their ministry is really diaconal.

One of the first Readers to benefit from his decision is Pat (Patricia) Wood.  Here she shares her journey with us, from Reader to Deacon.  She makes the distinction between them very clear!

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The Revd. Patricia Wood (known as Pat)

Ordained Deacon 11th April 2018. 

Although I had always believed – Sunday School, Brownies etc. –  I didn’t really ‘come to faith’ until I was 40, and struggling with an extremely difficult situation in my life. My promise to God to worship Him if He would look after me was accepted by both parties and I was confirmed in 1981- a wonderful moment in my life, when I received my first Communion, with my father at one side of me and my very best friend at the other side.

Spiritual progress was slow (on my side);  I moved from Sheffield to just outside Scarborough to work as a carer in 1992 and married the love of my childhood seven years later. Eventually I offered myself to read in church and with the help of Revd Adam Reid found the voice to lead the intercessions.

Thirst for knowledge about the Bible and my faith, with the help of Revd. Ann Coleman, at the time Priest Director of Wydale, led me onto the Lay Readership Course, where I decided that perhaps I should share what I was learning. I was licensed in 2011 and was awarded my Foundation Degree the following year. The learning habit by this time had hooked me and I was awarded a BA in 2014 and have since moved onto MA studies – still in Theology and Ministry.

The possibility of ordination seemed to have passed me by after a stretch in hospital and I concentrated my efforts on what turned out to be (according to the Archbishop’s letter) a Diaconal Ministry – school assemblies, messy church, food banks, shoebox appeal, fellowship groups etc. The upshot of course being, as I began this post, my ordination to the diaconate on 11th April 2018 –  made even more exciting when my vicar went ‘off sick’ only days later. God really will need to provide!!!

Pat Wood

Diocese of York

 

 

 

 

 

ARCHBISHOPS COMMEND DEACONS’ CONFERENCE

I’m beyond encouraged to receive messages of support from both our Archbishops, for our conference in October.  Archbishop John says:

I am thrilled that, within the Church of England, there is a rediscovery taking place of the joys of Diaconal ministry.   Certainly in the Diocese of York we have seen an increasing number of people offering themselves for diaconal ministry, and this is something that we are seeking to foster and embed as part of the vibrant life of the Church in this Diocese.  I am delighted to commend this conference as a time to encourage one another in your vocation as Deacons, to share stories of all that God is doing in His Church, and to learn more of how to fulfil that Diaconal vocation to make Jesus Christ visible in our communities.

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Archbishop Justin tells us

I am so pleased to hear of this conference for distinctive deacons. Their ministry of service and care to the church and to their communities is often hidden, yet it is a shining example of Jesus’ call to servant leadership. We know that the diaconate was a special and honoured vocation from the earliest times of the New Testament church. Today we thank them for their vocation, their dedication and their response to God’s call upon their life, and pray for God to encourage and bless them as they gather together.

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