All about Grace (Thomas)!

Grace Thomas has been interviewed by the Diocese of Manchester ahead of her ordination.

 

Grace Thomas is one of 23 candidates to be ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Manchester at Manchester Cathedral on Sunday 1 July 2018. Grace was encouraged on her journey towards ordained ministry by being asked to deliver a new monthly service.

"I grew up in the URC church. Although I left in my teens, when I had my son, aged 18, I wanted to return, but was nervous about going on my own as a single, teenage mum. I started attending a CofE church with my now husband, Gareth, in my early twenties. I felt a sense of belonging, but being called to ministry was not at all on my radar!

"A turning point was when I was asked to help deliver a new monthly service - I would never have volunteered! As I began to lead, I became aware of how right it felt. Despite deep reservations about not being good enough in so many ways, God kept nudging me – speaking to me through friends, family, and even the occasional stranger, until I had to listen!

"I trained locally with All Saints, while working as a Family Support Worker. I’ve had fantastic support from family, friends and colleagues, and, during my training, I have been lucky enough to go to India on placement, staying with family and volunteering for a charity.

I am delighted that I will be serving my curacy in the Benefice of Moss Side, St James and Whalley Range, St Edmunds. I am passionate about issues of inclusion and diversity – about church being a place where all feel welcome and encouraged. As ordination draws near, I have a strong sense of being where I am supposed to be, while simultaneously feeling hugely astonished that this is the path God has called me to!"

 

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