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On Sunday 28th July 2020, Barbara Hamilton joined our Church as Curate in the Parish of St Matthew w St Chad, Smethwick following her authorisation by the Bishop of Birmingham on Saturday 27th June 2020. As she began her curacy, Barbara visited our Parish Church for private prayer and in our own private prayers we gave thanks that God saw fit to send her to minister amongst us. The lectionary readings for the day told us that God’s call is for everyone to walk in His light; for everyone to turn away from sinning and for everyone to become a holy and sanctified people; so that everyone can become people who will receive the reward of righteousness. As we silently welcomed Barbara, we recalled God’s mission and the Church’s duty to proclaim this message in every generation. Each week Barbara has continued meeting with us on Sundays for private prayer. During the week she is saying her prayers, completing her studies and preparing for taking up her ministry in our Parish. On Sunday 2nd August 2020, Barbara was formally welcomed into the Church as the Curate of the Parish and made her pledges and promises. Barbara also began her ministry amongst us that day by reading the word of God to us in our simple service of the word at 10am. On Sunday 30th August, Barbara preached to us for the first time and opened the scriptures to us. The message she brought to us from God reminded us of may things including God's calling to us here in this parish as well as that God's rules are there to guide us. Whilst not in Church, Barbara has been preparing for her Ordination as Deacon, assisting in providing pastoral care for a funeral and in preparing to assist at the funeral. On Tuesday 8th September Barbara assisted in leading the funeral in Church followed by burial at a local cemetery. On Sunday 13th September we sent Barbara on her way to her Ordination which took place on Saturday 19th September 2020 at Birmingham Cathedral, then on Sunday 20th September we received her back as Deacon when she made her promises to serve us here in our Parish of St Matthew with St Chad.
A prayer for our Mission: Almighty and eternal God, in Jesus you have broken the tyranny of sin and sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts. Give us grace to dedicate ourselves to your service, so that we and all creation may be brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Show us your glory, as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear, until we may look upon you without fear; our beautiful and powerful God. Amen
Here is a little bit of information Barbara shares with us about herself I was born in England and my parents are both from Jamaica. I am married to an ordained priest, The Reverend Wayne Hamilton and we have four children. The two older boys have left home and have children of their own; the two girls are still at home and the oldest one goes to The University of Manchester and the younger one goes to school. I am a paediatric nurse by profession and have been in this vocation for the last 22 years. Prior to nursing I did secretarial work. As a nurse, I have been working as an agency nurse for the last few years but for the last couple of years I have not done quite so much as I have been looking after my mum, who recently passed away. I am a self-supporting minister and will be with the parish part-time alongside the rest of the ministry team and parochial church council. I am looking forward to commencing the next part of my journey with you all and when I am not with you and not working in nursing, I will be doing things I enjoy: walking, writing poetry, listening to music and quiet time.
Our Prayer for Barbara Hamilton Lord as we welcome Barbara amongst us, make us channels of your peace. As Barbara joins your little Church in Smethwick, may she be enfolded with your love and received with joy. Mould us into good and faithful companions for Barbara. Give us grace to love all you are doing through her. Send us, your Church in this place, out to journey together: Living as your disciples, Loving as you command and Learning your will and your ways. Lord take care of and bless Barbara, protect and defend her family and friends, guide Barbara and lead her so she may always point to you. Protect Barbara from all that would hurt or harm her. We pray Barbara will become all you desire for her. Then, as our journey together in this Curacy draws to its end, may we all move on to where you call, thankful for the shared time and experience together, as well as all being changed into everything that you would have each one of us to be. This we ask in the name of Jesus. AMEN
Begun in June 2020 and updated as time moved on.