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INTRODUCTION

Hello friends and colleagues

My name is Sydwell Isaac, and this is my fourth year of curacy here at Milnrow and Newhey.

I did the first part of my curacy at St Ann's Church in the city centre, where I had the opportunity of meeting and worshipping with people from all walks of life and in different countries of the world.

My roots are in South Africa, where I was born and raised in a large family of nine children; one girl and eight boys. My background is in finance, and I am married to Piwe; we have two daughters, and together we share a cute kitten called Luca.

I grew up in an Anglo-catholic church where I was baptised as an infant, but my parents were not strong Christians. I went through the ranks starting as an acolyte, a server, a crucifer, and a thurifer. I used to enjoy the smell of incense and the sound of sanctus bells. As a youth leader, I conducted children's mock baptisms in the bathtub. I think that is where I develop my love for children.

God called me at the young age of sixteen, but due to many obstacles and hindrances in South Africa and Britain, my ordination finally took place in 2018 at the Manchester Cathedral. As an ordained minister in the Church of England, I enjoy preaching and praying but celebrating the Eucharist is the backbone of my ministry. I take pleasure in the occasional offices like weddings, baptisms, and funerals because I believe there is ample scope for God's mission to be fulfilled in them.

John’s gospel is my favourite because it shows us that Jesus is Christ, the Son of the living God and that all who believe in Jesus will have eternal life. In doing so, it provokes faith in Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, prophet Jeremiah is the one who encourages me to be a better preacher because even though the people didn't listen to him, he never stopped preaching to the extent that he wept for them, which gave him the name "weeping prophet."

My favourite passage in the Bible is Philippians 3:12 -14 “It is not that I have already achieved this. I have not yet reached perfection, but I press on, hoping to take hold of that for which Christ once took hold of me.

My friends, I do not claim to have hold of it yet. What I do say is this: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what lies ahead, I press towards the finishing line, to win the heavenly prize to which God has called me in Christ Jesus”.

I hope this gives you a flavour of who I am, and I look forward to sharing the gospel of Christ with you all to discern God’s Will for our lives together with you.

With best interests

Sydwell