Sarah Watson will be joining the Diocese of Derby as Assistant Curate in the Walbrook Epiphany Team Ministry following her ordination on Sunday 2 July 2017.
Derby County fan Sarah originally trained as a secondary school teacher, becoming Head of Faculty and Lead for Christian Distinctiveness at Bluecoat Academy in Nottingham. During this time, she began to experience a call to ordained ministry.
“Through working for the Church of England in education & becoming increasingly involved in school chaplaincy, pastoral care and leading worship I began to feel a call into ordained ministry. I prayed this through, tested it with others & had the calling affirmed by the church.” Said Sarah.
After leaving teaching in 2015 Sarah trained at the newly formed Barnabus Training Centre of St Hild College. This involved a mix of weekly lectures in Sheffield, home study and a placement at St Paul’s Church in Chester Green. She also took part in week long residential study period in Durham, providing a chance to return to where she studied for her undergraduate degree in Theology.
Sarah said: “This way of training is increasing popular, especially for those with a family and partners in employment. I trained alongside Baptists and independent church leaders as well people from different traditions within the Church of England, which was enriching. Going away to college has its benefits but contextual training has been a great preparation for life in ordained ministry. I loved the college, the course and the people I met, I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”
Talking about what she hoped to achieve in her new role in the Walbrook Epiphany Team Ministry, Sarah said: “It may sound simple but I want to serve the people I am called to work with, understand the context well, seeking where God is at work and joining in. As a natural activist, it is easy to jump in but I want to go there, listen and follow God’s lead. I also have a lot to learn along the way in parish ministry and would also like to explore aspects of chaplaincy. It will be an adjustment for myself and my family and I am sure that through it I will be changed as God continues to work in and through me”
She added: “To anyone else considering taking this step I would say - Pray, pay attention to the ‘still small voice,’ talk with people you trust and have a chat with your incumbent. Don’t compare yourself to others, the key question is, is God calling you? I have really enjoyed the journey and don’t be afraid to step out from what you are doing”
Sarah lives in Derby and is married with a son.
Sarah Watson will be ordained as Deacon at a special service on Sunday 2 July at Derby Cathedral led by The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane. This year The Diocese of Derby will ordain nine new Deacons.
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