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'.