Congratulations to Community Support Worker Gerard Mee on being ordained as a Priest. Thank you for letting us spend this special day with you and for your lovely message below.
” We tend to spend most of our life working, therefore it’s wonderful when you discover your niche in life and as a result feel truly fulfilled in your job.
As my work colleagues know, recently I was ordained as Self Support Minister within the Church of England (see photo). This type of voluntary ministry, has a strong Biblical root; as one of the founding heroes of the New Testament, St. Paul, didn’t receive any directly payment from Church communities to help him get by in life, instead he used to make Tents to pay his bills (Acts 18:3). Given the shortage of Tent manufactures in my home town of Woking, there was little point in me following in St. Paul’s footsteps and so after a wide of jobs, ranging managing a Shoe Shop to Parish Administrator I found myself working as a Support Worker for County Care.
They say variety is the spice of life, but without doubt I have never had a job which makes me so alive as it really helps me understand what it means to be human. Being a Support Worker County Care has and continues to be a two-way learning curve as it causes me to see beyond the shallow meaningless things, we all so often worry about and forces me to constantly re-evaluable my priorities in life- which can be both challenging and liberating.
(Revd.) Gerard Mee “