My role as a Pastoral Worker ...'


undefinedHere MAGS WEBB, newly licensed at St Mary Magdalene, Ashton upon Mersey, tells of how she discerned her vocation to serve as a Pastoral Worker ... I've been a Christian all my life and over many years had been discerning my desire to serve God in a much deeper way. I started to discern the possibility of a call to ordination or �something else' which God had yet to reveal.

The Called to Serve day held at Chester Cathedral seemed just what I needed.  I put on the form that I wished to attend sessions on ordination and Reader training – unconvinced that Reader was right.

The night before I attended I spoke with a friend from church. She said:  “I can see you as a Pastoral Worker, why didn’t you put that down instead of Reader?”

Training to be a Pastoral Worker had never entered my head, but it stirred something within me. I wondered if it could be the Holy Spirit trying giving me a gentle nudge into discerning another licensed ministry other than ordination.

When I arrived for the Called to Serve day, one of the first people I met was the Warden for Pastoral Workers. My conversation with her was one of those where I just knew God was speaking. Consequently I changed my workshop choice from Reader to Pastoral Worker.

 What I heard at that PW session really resonated with me. By the end of the morning I felt that God was calling me to PW ministry. That evening a friend in church who is a PW told me she had been thinking of asking me to consider it!

My work as a PW means I often walk alongside people in their brokenness and share the love of God with them through scripture, prayer, practical support and compassion. The feedback I’ve received has made me aware of my pastoral gifts and helped me to grow. I’m so glad I went to Called to Serve.

The next Called to Serve will take place on Saturday 25 January at St John’s church, Hartford. Look on the diocesan website for details or ring the DDO office on 01928 718834 ext 237.