Natasha looks back

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in GrapeVine, Rectors Letters | 0 comments

Natasha looks back

When a new chapter of your life begins, it inevitably means that some things that went before have to end… And so it was for me around this time last year.  I had just completed the theoretical part of my ‘Vicar’ training and it was time to move into the next phase … Curacy.

My time at college was a good one.  I made friends, learnt so much more than I thought possible about the Christian faith and, though it was sad to leave academic study, I suspect my long-suffering lecturers knew I was better serving God in a parish rather than trying to write some huge tome on the Trinity or such like. So it was with a peaceful heart that I moved to Rushden, with my family in tow.

From the start, I knew I had come to the right place. In Rushden I have continued to learn and experience all that I need to live out my calling to love and serve God as a priest. Everyone I met warmly welcomed me.  My slightly dippy ways have been cherished and understood. As I started to teach and preach on a Sunday in the services and as I helped or gave talks at various functions or children’s clubs the good folk of St Mary’s encouraged and shaped my learning: letting me know the bits that worked well— where parts of the sermons resonated within them— but also gently reminding me to speak up and, on one occasion, not to call people in their 70s elderly.  (I promise to never do that again!)

This first year, as a Curate, has been amazing. I feel I have grown in so many ways: in confidence, understanding and as your pic-2servant in Christ. When I arrived I remember that I thought being a Curate was like being a Vicar with training wheels on.  And it is fair to say that as I continue serving here throughout my Curacy I will always be leaning on those around me for support and that little push to keep me on the straight and narrow.  Thankfully I have Steve and Matt … guiding and nudging me continually … teaching me how to sustain this life of ministry and encouraging me to freewheel it when they know I won’t knock anyone over with my enthusiasm or wobbly ways.

pic-1Through all of this year I have seen the fire of God’s passion growing and burning within me, reminding me that I am not doing this alone; that I don’t have to be alone. As I was sitting here, typing away, it occurred to me that God asks us all to never lean on our own understanding but instead put our trust in the LORD: that it is better not to be wise in our own eyes but seek the wisdom of God first.  For me, I seek it in his holy word, the Bible; through the teaching I receive from my Christian community, the Church; and directly from God himself through his son Jesus, in prayer-soaked moments each day. For you, that seeking may take a slightly different shape, but from one disciple of Jesus to another I encourage you to…

‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’  Proverbs 3.5

Rev Natasha Brady, Curate, St Mary’s Rushden