was ordained yesterday (Saturday) afternoon at Chichester Cathedral and begins his ministry with us immediately. All Saints has been blessed with a number of outstanding curates over the years and we believe that Adam will more than live up to that tradition. Please make him, Kate and the children, India, Noah, Darcy and Oscar, welcome as they settle into their new home at 2 Church Close.
Adam comes to us from three years training at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. I was at his Commission Service last Saturday at St Andrew’s Oxford and it was clear from my conversations with his tutors that he is very highly respected indeed. But coming to work in the parish, at the coalface so to speak, is a big transition and he will need your support, love and prayers as he begins his ministry with us. Please go out of your way to make him and the family welcome.
There have been some significant changes to the training programme for curates in the Chichester diocese which are being implemented from this year. It will mean that Adam will need to spend at least one day a week on post-ordination training, often out of the parish. This is to provide a fuller set of experiences and reflection on them to enable his spiritual formation to develop in a fully-rounded way. This means that we will need to plan carefully the activities that he will be engaged in certainly in his first year. Please be mindful of this when planning your activities’ programme.