Revd Matthew Prevett was ordained on Saturday 26 September to serve as Minister at St Andrew’s, Monkseaton, and in the wider Synod.
The church was packed with people from Monkseaton, around the Synod, and around the country, for a service full of music and creativity.
Matthew spoke appreciatively of time spent at the former National Youth Resource Centre at Yardley Hastings near Northampton, where he had been inspired by life in community, hospitality, companionship and deepening faith. His vision was for a church living out the Gospel in word and action, engaging with community in an honest, authentic, compassionate, questioning yet hopeful fellowship.
In her sermon Revd Sue McCoan, who had studied at Westminster College with Matthew, continued the theme of creativity, advising that an artist needs encouragement in their work, but also needs to know when to stop. The journey of faith is always a work in progress, towards creative wholeness. In the end the creativity comes from God, and it was in Jesus Christ that God acted to restore unity through his suffering.
St Andrew’s put on a huge spread in the church hall afterwards, and all were well fed.
Matthew is no stranger to Northern Synod, having taken his first degree at Durham, before spending time at Marygate House on Holy Island, and we look forward to getting to know him better.