Making Plans: Some Thoughts on Curacy

As many of you will know Josh is currently training to be a vicar in the Anglican Church in Wales. He’s in his third year of a theology degree and next June he’ll be ordained and become Reverend Josh (ha!) and will be able to wear his dog collar with pride (double ha!).

After ordination you’re placed alongside an experienced vicar for three years who can show you the ropes of the more practical side of vicaring in what’s called a curacy. Although we knew the general area we will live we don’t get any say in which churches we actually end up in so we’ve been waiting for this time of year when the letters go out and we find out where we’ll be living and working for the next three years. 

This week we found out where we’re going and it wasn’t what we were expecting.

At all. 

If you know me in real life, or have been reading this blog for any length of time you’ll know I’ve been planning my dream life as a rural vicar’s wife for years now. Working in beautiful countryside in a nice vicarage with rural views would be very nice please thank you very much. So it was a bit of a shock when we visited on Saturday and realised we would be living in probably the most urbanised and industrialised area that we could possibly be sent to within our diocese. Think oil refineries and rows of houses instead of rolling hills and babbling brooks. 

When I asked God “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” he simply replied (through Proverbs 19:21):

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s will that prevails.”

“Hmmm…fine – you got me with that one.”

And you know what? We are very excited about going. 

The vicar and his wife are wonderful. They love the Lord and are passionate about hearing from him and welcoming people into church and it sounds like there is some really exciting work happening there. 

We will be working within one of the most deprived areas in Wales and living right there within the community. Will it be totally out of our comfort zone? Yes!  Is that ridiculously exciting as well as scary? YES!

We have a lot to learn and a lot to adjust to but we both know that this is God’s plan and he always has good for us. I love working for the Lord and I just cannot wait to see what he has got in store for us next June. 

{P.S I just hope that it doesn’t involve these carpets still being in our new house by the time we get there!}


  1. Oh, how exciting! My brother-in-law's curacy was in a very posh, upmarket place in our diocese and he hated it! Lol. It's a very liberal church and did things he didn't agree with. He's now minister for 6 years at an evangelical church in a poorer suburb {but mixed congregation} and he's thriving. In fact, if he never turned up, I wouldn't have married his brother. It's funny how God works, isn't it?

  2. That first carpet reminds me of the one we had here when we moved in - only took a few years to get it changed - and I don't think we even had carpet on the stairs!

  3. How exciting that God is working through you and your family like this! Will be reading with interest xxx

  4. Our great God does have a sense of humour! You will learn so much here that you will use in a rural setting at a later date ( if that's where He wants you to be). And you will learn a lot about yourselves. Good luck with the carpets!

  5. I agree with the previous comment...You'll learn so much that God needs you to learn while you're THERE that you can *hopefully* use later in a rural setting. God knows where you should be, and he sent you to what looks like a really nice home with really awful carpet :) It's so good to hear how excited you are about this move even though it's in the exact opposite direction of where you wanted to go. That's so encouraging to me :)

  6. My husband spent almost 21 years in the military. Thus far, we've moved 9 times! But I can honestly say that each place we've live has taught us important lessons about life and God's plan for us. We've lived in our current home for nearly 7 years, and that's the longest time we've lived anywhere. We'll probably move a few more times, and I've learned to look at moving as a new adventure. So glad you're excited about your move, even if it isn't what you "thought" you wanted. But I do gotta say: those carpets are, uhmm, "retro"...LOL

  7. Oh! THOSE CARPETS hahahaha! Oh my. It always amazes me the things that people put in their houses. :)

    I love your willingness to say yes to God and run with it even though it is the opposite of what you had in mind. Your adventure will be great!

  8. From the sound of it you are also going to be near some of the very best beaches in the country!

  9. How exciting! God knows exactly what you need and He will lead you and direct you. I really pray there's a real harvest of open hearts out there for you and Josh to get stuck in to! Be blessed. Very exciting :) eeep xxx