Had a smashing day at the Queens Foundation, Birmingham on saturday past. The reason was the closing celebrations for those leaving to go into Circuit practise in September. My particular interest was int he future Rev. Sue Preston. I’ve known Sue for almost 14 years now and have followed her progress as a Local Preacher in the Erewash Valley Circuit, through Foundation training at Emmtc (East Midlands Ministerial Training Course), as she explored her calling into Presbyteral Ministry.
I then followed her time at Queens college, Birmingham over the last year. In that time she has afforded me the tremendous privilege of being her Chaplain, and over the course of the past year she has been on extended placement in the Ripley Circuit. Sue hasn’t had an easy time of her training but has come through with tremendous courage and fortitude; it has been a real joy to see her blossom and gain confidence. She is a wonderful person to know and her Churches in Stoke are going to be so blessed by her presence.
The day consisted of welcome drinks (tea/coffee) a chance to look at old photographs in the Chapel, a splendidly uplifting act of Worship, a good meal with friends, and finally a presentation ceremony to end all ceremonies; we laughed so much and there was a genuine sense of community and friendship.
A truly memorable day and a joy to have been a part of it. Thank you Sue for inviting me.