On Monday 24 February, the Archbishop will be ordaining five men and women to the Holy Order of Deacons at a special service in the Cathedral commencing at 7pm.
Amongst them will be Sarah Stapleton who will then join the Cathedral as part time Curate and St George’s Anglican Grammar School as part time Chaplain.
God has been a part of Sarah’s life from a very young age and she has been fortunate to experience many different denominations and styles of ‘church’. Her earliest memory of Church was attending Sunday School at a local Church near her house in Kalamunda, she was about three years old, and remembers being allowed to wear a special dress and dancing around in the sunshine outside the church hall.
Her journey with the Anglican Church began in earnest when she chose to be baptised with her baby sister at St Peter’s Mt Hawthorn and felt a sense of belonging and commitment to the Anglican Church since that day, she was ten years old.
As an adult Sarah responded to the call to ordained ministry when she began her Bachelor of Theology on the way to becoming a school chaplain for YouthCare. She recalls her formation journey to be both challenging and joyful, and her time spent as a student in placement at the Cathedral stands out as a highlight and is very excited and happy to reacquaint herself with the community that so warmly welcomed her and her fellow students in 2017.
As a Deacon, Sarah will be ‘an ambassador of Christ, serving God as [she] serve[s] others in Jesus’ name‘, and she will take part ‘in reading the holy Scriptures in the church and in assisting the priest to teach the doctrine of Christ and administer the sacraments’. (The Ordinal)
Please pray for Sarah, and all the ordinands, as they prepare to respond to God’s call and we look forward to welcoming Sarah to St George’s Cathedral.