We meet our new readers licenced in 2016 in a series of interviews exploring what called them to Reader Ministry.
Q. Why do you think reader ministry is important?
I think reader ministry is important in that we are lay people who bridge the divide between members of our congregations and the ministers, bishops and archbishops in the churches hierarchy, if we minister well we can be an example to others. ( If she can do that why not me too!)
Q. Where are you from originally, and have you lived/worked elsewhere?
I was born in Liverpool, grew up in Liverpool, left Liverpool to attend college in Chester, returned to Liverpool got married, started work in the school that I attended as a child, worked in lots of primary schools, had three children, lived in a house only a mile and a half away from the home my parent lived in, I am still there 44 years later.
Q. Was your interest in reader ministry gradual, or something you knew you have always wanted to do?
I had asked about reader ministry when my children were young but did not pursue it when I was told no. I was approached by the vicar's wife three years ago who asked if I would think about putting my name forward for reader ministry selection, I was so pleased to be thought worthy to be interviewed and was on a spiritual high when I was accepted.
Q. What roles did you hold in church before your licensing?
I was a member of a team of scripture readers for Sunday services and composed and read prayers for intercessions. I was a member of the Parochial Church Council and Deanery Synod and a twice weekly member of the congregation.
Q. Do you have an interest in a particular kind of ministry, and how would you like to develop this?
I am still exploring different kinds of ministry at this present time. I worked with young children as a primary school teacher. I have spent time in hospital and have had many conversations with those who are extremely ill. I have spent time with bereaved families offering a listening ear. I am still praying and listening for answers.
Q. Do you have any interesting hobbies?
I have three grandchildren so knitting is one of my hobbies. Everybody that knows me knows that I enjoy reading, not just religious texts but also murder mysteries and crime novels. After two bouts of cancer 16 years apart 5 years ago I had to relearn to swim with a modified backstroke and gained several distance badges for my efforts. My hobbies are interesting to me but in no way extraordinary.
My final hobby is my family, we spend time together going out for meals and just being together, talking and praising God for all the blessings He has given to us.