Rector’s Weekly Update

The Beaminster Area Team
From the Hub update Friday 1st July 2022

On Sunday 3rd July in Salisbury Cathedral Sarah Keen will be ordained Deacon. This is the culmination of many years of discerning God’s calling in her life. When Sarah first responded to what God was saying she was encouraged to train for Lay Licensed Ministry (formerly known as Lay Reader) and Jo acted as her training supervisor. During this time Sarah believed that God was calling her to ordained priestly ministry.

Following some strong and honest conversations with Bishop Nicholas, Sarah was allowed to have this discerned, and following the usual selection conference that one has to go through this calling was recognised. Having already completed two years of study at Sarum College Sarah was required to complete a further two years study.

At last the day has arrived for Sarah and she will serve her curacy title in the Golden Cap Team (part time) as a self supporting minister whilst she continues working in her role leading the Rural Hope Project for the diocese. We wish Sarah well as she starts on this exciting new stage of her Discipleship journey.

Sarah is the first person called out from the Beaminster Team since Fred Holland who was ordained Deacon exactly 40 years ago this Petertide and we hope that it will not be this long until the next person responds to God’s call.

Importantly it is not only ordained ministry that is vital for the continuation of ministry and myself and Jo would love to help anyone who would like to explore what God may be saying to them.

Last week I wrote about Bishop Stephen’s Challenge of the Talents and I am really grateful to those who have already matched the £10.00 I was given at his welcome service. That £10 has now grown to £85 thanks to the donations I have received. My aim is to create a fund that Jo and I can call on to help people across the team who may find themselves in difficulties during this time of financial challenge. If you would like to help boost this total please contact me or place your donation in an envelope marked Talent and send it to me or Jo. I thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.

Online Worship at Home video services continue every week. The online community continues to be an important part of our church – such as our increasingly popular Gin Church. As usual each Sunday’s video service will be available on the day before. We hope you continue to enjoy our weekly Rev Chat video. And in person in Beaminster you can join us for Baby & Toddler Group on Monday mornings and our Walk In Wednesday social gathering on Wednesday mornings.