Linda Webb, 56, from Stanton Lees is to be ordained as a Deacon at a special Petertide service at Derby Cathedral this weekend. She will take up the role of Assistant Curate in the benefice of Atlow, Bradley, Hognaston, Hulland and Kniveton.
Talking about her journey to ordination Linda said: “I had been drawn to the Anglican church for several years and recognised that God was calling me to become an Anglican. Whilst working in the prison I covered some of the Anglican duties whilst we were without an Anglican Chaplain and felt very much at home. As a Charismatic Pentecostal I have been drawn by the Anglican Church into a spiritual experience of quiet and meditative prayer within the beauty of our liturgy.”
She added: “Becoming a Deacon is to place myself where I can be used by God for the final years of my working life, wherever I can help and make a difference, using my experience from the past. I am looking forward to meeting and worshipping with people in the Benefice and to being a curate in this beautiful countryside. I hope to facilitate spiritual and community growth and connections wherever possible and find my place within the Vision of the Benefice.”
Along with the other candidates, Linda will be presented to the Bishop of Repton, The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane at a service at Derby Cathedral on Sunday 2 July.
Ordinations will be taking place throughout the country over the weekend (1-2 July), as part of the celebrations, those being ordained, their friends, family, congregations and clergy are being encouraged to use twitter to congratulate and celebrate with the tag #NewRevs