A huge congratulations to Christopher Hunter (left) and Wayne Cullum (right) who were ordained as Priest and Deacon at the stunning Bristol Cathedral by Rt Reverend Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol on Thursay evening. Please pray for them.
Please read Christopher's story below:
“In many ways, I feel much calmer approaching this service than the one 12 months ago. On that occasion, it was only by repeating the words of Gandalf the Grey to myself — that all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us — that I made it through the Ordination Retreat and got to the Cathedral at all. This year, I find that I have grown in my calling, developed the gifts God has given me, reflected on areas of growth and relaxed in the presence of the Spirit. It has been reassuring to feel the sensation of being exactly where we are meant to be. I have loved my first year in Wroughton and Wichelstowe and increasingly felt that I have fulfilled my role with integrity and as myself rather than fulfilling an anonymous role and trying to be someone I think everyone else wants me to be. I thank God that he has helped me to that position and that he continues to guide me and my family in our ministry and our vocation. I now find myself repeating the words of Yoda, not to look to the future or the horizon but to focus on where I am and what I am doing. I am looking forward to finding how this journey continues as I learn what it means to be a priest.”
Please read Wayne's story below:
"Wow, I am very pleased to have made it this far after a somewhat winding and uphill path from my initial sense of call in October 2017. I have so appreciated the support of all of those who have been cheering me on, and particularly that from Becca and Finn. It has been such a pleasure to spend the past 2 years studying at Trinity and being in context at St Nicks, further exploring my calling and putting in place a number of foundational building blocks on which to start the next stage of this adventure with God. I am excited to be staying in Bristol, moving just a short distance to the parish of Redland and am looking forward to all that God is calling me to there in this coming new season."