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Being a Christian where you are

I felt called to teaching when I was in my teens. I always knew that that was where God wanted me to be. I’m an RE teacher and a subject leader in religious studies, and I lead mindfulness sessions in a secondary school.

Over the years there was a vicar who asked me if I’d considered ordained ministry. But I knew teaching was working really well for me. When I was 25 or 26 another vicar asked me and at that point I wondered if God was trying to speak to me.

I didn’t realise that you could have a dual calling. I almost didn’t go forward for ordained ministry because I love teaching. I feel I make a difference in the school I’m in. It’s definitely important for me to help the students with mindfulness now. I have felt more needed now. The children have never had to face anything like this.

But having a dual calling made sense to me. I didn’t feel any less called to teaching in the secondary school, but God has just opened another door for me. To me, being a Christian means being a Christian where you are.

When I finish my training, I will teach and I will be able to help out with services and support a parish priest. It feels a bit surreal to be honest. But it’s wonderful. It’s a privilege to be called to help others. I’ve got something to look forward to which makes going through the pandemic easier.

What’s your calling? Find out more at Your Calling as part of Everyday Faith.