Hello all you lovely people! Praise God and thank you all for a hopeful uplifting time this morning ❤🍁🍯🍋🍓🙏☺
I lift you high in praise, O my God,Psalm 145
and I’ll bless your name into eternity!
God is magnificent; she can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to her greatness!
As promised, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Josh Peckett. Josh will join us as curate upon ordination in July, and share his time between All Hallows and St Michael’s and St Chad’s.
Please pray for Josh over the coming months – and please prepare to give him a huge warm All Hallows welcome! Here he is in his own words….
I’m Josh and I am delighted to introduce myself as your new curate from next summer. I must confess I always find it a daunting exercise to write about myself in this way, but here goes!
I originally come from Leeds and have lived in different parts of the city and surrounding country for much of my life. So, it is a great pleasure to be able to return to the Diocese of Leeds to serve as curate.
I am currently training for ministry at Westcott House theological college in Cambridge, after years of discerning belief and a calling to the priesthood. The journey has taken me from an irreligious background to a living faith and the riches of the Church of England. I first began questioning what I believed at secondary school. This continued for several years and I found that no matter how hard I tried to disbelieve, I felt an unmovable rock at my core that kept saying to me that I believe in God. I had a sense of increasingly being pulled towards the Church and I knew I wanted to be confirmed. Shortly afterwards I started going to the local parish church.
I read Classics at Durham University, which was a period of growth and exploration for me, in terms of study, making friends, vocation and faith. I met lots of people and made some close friendships which I have maintained ever since, and those friends remain sources of support, encouragement and joy to me. After graduating from university, I spent a year working at an Anglican church in Belgium. When I returned home, I was asked to work for the Communications Team of the Diocese in Europe. It involved a fair bit of redesigning websites and managing social media output, which very much appealed to my creative side. I am a big history enthusiast and love reading the works of Terry Pratchett. But quite often, in normal times, you can find me in the pub with a pint.
As I write this, I am aware that this is a difficult time for everyone living in West Yorkshire and other parts of the North. The last seven months have been incredibly challenging and painful for many of us, and there is a lot of uncertainty about the future. There is great strength and consolation to be drawn from our faith lived in community. It is that community, both in its joys and trials, that I look forward to joining and walking with you on our Christian journey together. Be assured of my prayers for you over the coming months, and I ask that you pray for me as I begin my final year of training and prepare for ordination.