This week we speak to Angela Jones who is passionate about working with children’s and those who are vulnerable within her community:
Q. Why do you think reader ministry is important, and what role will you play in your church?
To me reader ministry is important because I can share some of the workload, freeing my incumbent up for other duties whilst keeping her informed. Personally I feel that my role within my parish will be pastoral.
Q. Where are you from originally, and have you lived or worked elsewhere?
I have through most of my life lived within this community. After having my own children I completely changed career to fit in with their timetable and was fortunate enough to begin working in the same primary school they attended. Four years ago I became part-time in school so that I could follow where God was leading me which was to work within our church’s new venture of fresh expression through our Community Cafe.
Q. Was your interest in reader ministry gradual, or something you knew you have always wanted to do?
Gradual after a number of prompts from church clergy.
Q. What roles did you hold in church before your licensing?
I was and still am on the DCC, PCC. I have been on Deanery Synod, was a Church Warden prior to and during interregnum, have been a Sunday School leader and am a member of the Baptism Team and three days a week I work in our Community Cafe.
Q. Do you have an interest in a particular kind of ministry, and how would you like to develop this?
I feel passionately about children’s work and those who are vulnerable within my community and need a little encouragement through the sharing of God’s love and support.
Q. Do you have any interesting hobbies?
Family is very important to me and, although perhaps not a hobby, time spent socialising with my family and close friends is one of my favourite pastimes. I like to bake and be creative.