It really hasn’t been a quiet summer for the Matryoshka Haus community! Over the next few days we hope to fill you in on some of the highlights, before we head into a full-on autumn schedule. First up, a glorious fortnight with Merry Evans…
Merry is an Church of England ordinand (like Liz C she’s training to become a vicar) who studies at a theological college in Durham. As part of her course she had to spend some of her summer on placement at churches and communities that would diversify her experience. So, for two weeks in July and August she shadowed Shannon to find out what makes Matryoshka Haus tick.
From the point of view of the community, it was great to welcome someone new, particular someone who wanted to hear our stories and ask interesting and challenging questions about why we do what we do. Over the fortnight, she was involved in preparing for the first of our Good Brunches; joined in with community meals and birthday celebrations; and helped Rachel J host Mark Pybus – who also came to do a short placement with us.
In Merry’s own words, this is how she found the experience:
“I cannot thank you enough for letting me come and experience life with you! It was such a blessing to me. I feel that I have learnt a lot more than I can actively articulate, it is difficult to explain exactly why I think that Matryoshka Haus is such an excellent example of incarnational mission and the deep love of Christ but I know it is! That I, a stranger, felt so involved, valued, useful and welcome and embraced by all those I met; is a real tribute to a community of openness and freedom inspired by the way life is lived by yourself and those you bring together.”
We’re hoping to develop an ongoing partnership with Cranmer College in Durham in hosting ordinands, so Merry may the first of a long-line of trainee vicars to work with us!