CRCW Student - Kirsty Mabbott
My name is Kirsty and I’m about to start the second year of my ministerial formation as a Church Related Community Worker. I’m originally from the West Midlands but currently live in Manchester while studying at Northern College. I’m on placement at Nexus Art Café which can be found in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. Nexus is a community arts café and works to the motto of creativity, community and spirituality.
My first year of formation has been a rollercoaster ride, there have been highs and lows – as there are for everyone. I’ve learnt more than I can possibly list and feel that in terms of my preparation for ministry as a CRCW I have come a very long way, the exciting part being that the next three years will help me journey with God beyond my dreams and imaginings and even then a lot of the real learning won’t happen until I’m called to a project.
The more I learn and see the more I become passionate about challenging inequality and enabling others to enable themselves so that communities can grow closer and stronger and so God’s Kingdom can move close to being realised here and now.
When I’m not studying and working at Nexus or attending Northern College Governors Meetings, I enjoy reading, watching films, painting, writing poetry, singing, playing my tenor and descant recorders (they aren’t all squeaky things given to small children), eating strawberries and chocolate (but not together). I also like listening to music from opera (Tosca is my favourite) to heavy metal (Marilyn Manson, Korn etc) and everything in between. I am also trying to learn to cook, my girlfriend is trying to teach me but it’s very slow going and like gardening it isn’t one of my strong points.
During the last year I have gained a real love for Liberation Theology and have enjoyed delving into Freire, Gutiérrez, Radford Reuther, Cheng and many more. I have realized that I have a real love for queer and feminist theology, but also have a desire to see more Christian Hospitality and Radical Welcome for all in the communities in which we live, work, love and pray.
I have loved and hated the first year of my formation and hope that the second year provides as many opportunities to learn, grow, talk, share, laugh, cry and experience God in the small and large.