The End is Nigh!
(the end of my first year in training that is.)

Posted by John on Jun 28, 2014 in Ettington, Stourdene News |

An update from Nikki Moon – please continue to keep Nikki, Steve and their boys Sam and JJ in your prayers. Thank you!

Cuddesdon

As the end of the first year of ordination training comes into sight I have been reflecting on the journey so far. It began last September with a weekend at the beautiful Ripon college Cuddesdon, which immediately felt like home and has proved to be a place of retreat where friendships have been forged, love and support received as well as given and where an incredible amount of learning has taken place.

Alongside the learning, reading and more than 50,000 words of writing has been a journey of discovery which is termed ‘formation’. ‘Formation’ is not something that can be described as it affects each Ordinand differently. For myself it has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride taken in the dark. The lows have been as low as the highs were high, the twists and turns taking me to places I didn’t know existed and the loop turning everything I previously thought on its head.

This year has also led me to journey to Coventry where I have been welcomed by the congregation at St Mary Magdalen’s and also to a placement at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, in Rugby, a detention centre for 12-18 year olds on remand or sentenced through the justice system. The three months I spent with the chaplains at Rainsbrook were transformational. I witnessed God at work in the staff and young people on a daily basis and the scripture from Isaiah 61:1 “…to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” took on a greater significance.

The next part of my journey is just up the road in Witnash where I am on placement at St Margaret’s Church. I already feel like part of the family thanks to the love and prayers of Ele Adams and others in the parish.

Of course the journey doesn’t end, with a summer school looming at the end of July and the final year to look forward too, I am certain of one thing. The roller-coaster ride will continue as will the increasing word count and more highs and lows that contribute to the formation that leads an Ordinand through ordination to the start of a curacy this time next year.

I would like to thank all who have supported me in so many ways and would ask that you keep my family and I in your prayers through the next stage of the journey.

Nikki MoonWith God’s love and Blessings

Nikki Moon x

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