Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Sacraments Exam

The first dreaded phase 1 exam has been written by the PE centre - the Sacraments exam. It was worthy of being dreaded, I think. We have been promised that the papers will be marked by next Tuesday, so we will know the worst then. I think that I struggled less than some of the others - and probably more than some - but that is really all that I can say. I prefer exams that have right and wrong answers (like maths). I'm not very good at getting the same 15 thoughts down that the marker wanted in theology-type exams. But that part is up to God!
What this exam means is that we are now licensed to administer Communion and Baptism even though we are not ordained ministers. Given that I have had to explain to my minister and circuit stewards many times that I was not allowed to do the sacraments and couldn't help with this or that, this a big relief. I can be a little more useful in my circuit! Actually, the reality of 19 preaching places is that every service I take will involve both communion and baptism and possibly confirmation.
I am looking forward to the challenge and the 'new thing'.


Anonymous said...

I think you'll be fine, but, out of interest, what would happen if you failed?

Jenny Hillebrand said...

I'd have to write again in September or October. If I failed then, depending on what else I failed I might have to repeat phase 1 and then write again next March. Eventually they would throw me out. Hopefully it won't get to that point!

digitaldion (Dion Forster) said...

Hi Jenny,

It's unlikely that you'll fail! Just remember your 'Faith and Order', a couple of basic issues about both sacraments, and of course the correct method of administering the sacrament (as found in L&D) and you'll be fine!

I set that exam for almost 10 years... It may even be a version of the paper I set that you get. If that is the case, you have nothing to fear (other than fear itself, of course ;-)

Keep strong! Live on the side of hope! The Church needs you.



Jenny Hillebrand said...

Hi Dion
I strongly suspect that it was a variation of one of yours. And I strongly suspect that I found a document of yours on the internet (a DEWCOM submission) that would have given me 15 marks, but I thought that its focus was too much on CUC stuff to be useful . . . so I am kicking myself on that one!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!