I've been shaped by everyone I've met

First published on: 29th June 2021

Hannah Lane

Hannah will be ordained deacon on Sunday 4 July at Manchester Cathedral. She has been on placement at Bury Parish Church and St Paul’s for the last couple of years and found them to be a welcoming community.

“I’ve been part of choral worship, civic ceremonies, online worship and had lots of different pastoral encounters. Being in a town centre has been different to my home church in Wingates and each has something to teach me. My curacy is at the Turton Moorland Team near Bolton and I’m keen to get stuck into whatever I can!

"I was brought up as part of the church family at St John the Evangelist, Wingates. I drifted away from the church while I was at university, but after returning to worship in my mid 20s I started to feel that I should be doing something more. I initially explored a call to Reader ministry but realised that I wouldn’t be able to balance full-time teaching and a part-time ministerial role and concluded that I should really test a vocation to full-time ordained ministry further.

"I have been through the selection process (Bishop’s Advisory Panel – BAP) twice. Reflection has taught me that the first BAP wouldn’t have been the right time for me to embark upon training, but it was a hard thing to see. The Director of Vocations organised a placement for me at St Thomas Werneth and St Paul’s Oldham. Through this I had new experiences of faith expression, saw more of the diversity of the Church of England, felt renewed and had an opportunity to grow into a more public role in leading services.

"I have completed my training at St Mellitus College with a placement at Bury Parish Church and St Paul’s. The experiences I have had at college have been diverse and I have learned a lot from friends from different traditions. In Bury I found a welcoming community. Here I’ve been part of choral worship, civic ceremonies, online worship and had lots of different pastoral encounters. Being in a town centre has really shown me another side to the diocese and how we operate in different communities.

"My curacy is with the Turton Moorland Team and I am looking forward to learning more new things in another different community. Being out in the moors of Bolton and having a team that is spread quite widely will be a challenge but I am keen to get stuck into whatever I can.

"The people I have met on the journey so far have all shaped me in different ways and I can’t wait to see what new things I learn from new people in the future as the journey continues."




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