Having lived in Wotton since Easter 2007, it is a great pleasure now to serve as an SSM (Self Supporting Minister) Associate Priest in the Tyndale Benefice.
When I realised in 2011 that God was calling me to ordained ministry, I felt that calling was to ministry in this Benefice and that was agreed by all involved in the discernment process. My training was undertaken in Gloucester on the West of England Ministerial Training Course, which is a shared experience with ordinands, readers and independent students from across three dioceses – Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. This gave me a very broad training focusing on priestly formation, personal spirituality, academic learning and practical experiences ranging from the conduct of funerals to pastoral visits and sermon preparation. Much of the practical work was based in St Mary’s Church.
My work in the Benefice includes leading the team for Messy Church, being a member of the Local Ministry Team, being a Governor at Blue Coat School, chairing the Mission Committee, as well as leading services and presiding at Communions, pastoral visits and officiating at baptisms, weddings and funerals.
A bit of background about myself: I was born in Scotland, the eldest of seven children, spent my teen years in N. Ireland and came to Bristol University where I studied Latin with Greek – some advantage in my current position! I trained as a primary school teacher and I have enjoyed many years of teaching all ages of children in primary schools.
My own two children each have two children; all of them close in age. My greatest pleasure is to spend time with both families, and I love the chaos of all four grandchildren together. Other interests include listening to music, singing, playing the piano, reading and gardening – when I get time!
I am so grateful for all the practical and prayerful support from so many people within the three parishes of the Benefice that still continues.
During this time of vacancy, I have been delighted to see how many people in the Benefice are offering their time and talents to enable the life of the Church to continue to thrive and to grow.