Today we welcome Rev. Ann Hosking to join the team as our new curate. Some of you will have had the chance to meet Ann on Saturday but hopefully you will soon see her in action as she begins her ministry among us.
Ordinations are a special occasion – not because they are a big event with the Bishop in the Cathedral but because, through that, the Church of Jesus Christ is ‘setting apart’ men and women to serve one another in particular roles. Ann is being ordained ‘deacon’ this weekend and we hope that this time next year she may be ordained ‘priest’. Though she and all of us ordained deacons or priests are set apart for a specific ministry, there is a very real sense that our roles are about reminding the Church – all of us – about our role for the world – as deacons – called to serve our communities with joy and as priest – to mediate – to express Christ to the world and the world to Christ. These are the roles that we all as the Church must participate in. Ordination is a reminder that in selecting people for leadership in the church these remain and have always been our priorities.
You can watch the ordination service on the Diocese of Exeter’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CofEDevon/live_videos/?ref=page_internal today (13th September) at 3.00pm.
An Introduction from our New Curate, Rev Ann Hosking
When Chris asked me to write a few words to introduce myself, I was torn between telling you all the boring factual stuff so that we can chat about the interesting things when we do get to meet or putting all the quirks and foibles right out there before we start! In the end I thought I’d settle for a little of both.
I have lived in Plymouth for 34 years, incidentally, the same length of time that I have been married and been going to Emmanuel church, see the link there! My husband Pete & I both worked for BT for over 40 years each, before retiring a few years ago. Our children, Ben, Becky and Emma, have all left home (more or less) and are spread across the south and east of the country. I bake and decorate cakes for therapy and dance, or did, for exercise and to keep the little grey cells working. I also love to be expressive in my worship, though I do try to be discreet with jigging in the aisles!
I am really looking forward to joining you all and to travelling together on the next part of our discipleship adventure.