Ann Griffiths lives in St Helens and is particularly interested in children’s and young people’s ministry. With a background in health care, she also has a great interest in the Healing Ministry.
Q. Why do you think reader ministry is important?/what role will you play in your church?
I feel that reader ministry can be an opportunity to use in God’s service the skills and experience gained throughout life, whatever that may lead to and wherever that may be. For me this includes having been brought up in a Christian home, attending a church school, working as a qualified teacher and later as a chartered physiotherapist, and being a wife and mother.
At the moment my role involves working with young people – mums and toddlers and youth. I have had a small part in this for many years but it has developed since I started my reader training and then retired. Apart from this I feel privileged to be involved in a “teaching and preaching” role within the church, and to have a greater involvement in the spiritual aspects of church life generally.
Q. Where are you from originally, and have you lived/worked elsewhere?
I was born in Bootle so that must make me a scouser! I moved to Birmingham when my father became a vicar there, moved back to St Helens with his job, went to college/university down south, taught in Blackpool, retrained in Salford, and settled in St Helens when I married my husband.
Q. Was your interest in reader ministry gradual, or something you knew you have always wanted to do?
I suppose I had known for a while that this was something God was calling me to do. However, there was no way I could have taken on the training whilst working fulltime and bringing up a family. I really admire my fellow class mates who took Reader training whilst working. At our church we had a couple of extended periods when the lay folk had to take on extra responsibility in leading services and preaching. I felt called to be a part of this, though it often felt like wading through mud and I knew I needed to be better prepared if I was to continue. Now our “children” are quite independent and I have retired I am able to devote as much time as necessary to what God wants of me. This is exciting but also challenging as I find myself doing things I would never have expected of myself.
Q. What roles did you hold in church before your licensing?
I have organised the annual Rose Queen event at church for many years, I have sung in the choir since my daughter joined when she was 7, I was on the Bible reading rota for a Sunday morning, and I was on the PCC with a special interest in worship. Of necessity over the last 7 years or so this interest in worship had developed into preaching and leading services, which I did not feel I was properly prepared for.
Q. Do you have an interest in a particular kind of ministry, and how would you like to develop this?
I am particularly interested in children’s and young people’s ministry. However, with a background in health care, I also have a great interest in the Healing Ministry. Both these fit in remarkably well with my incumbent’s vision for our church. It is an exciting time as we work together to develop these two aspects of ministry.
Q. Do you have any interesting hobbies?
Well, they’re interesting to me! I taught physical education so I am very keen on keeping fit and active. Now I am retired I no longer feel a desire to try to be the best at every sport I have a go at, so I have hung up my running shoes and take life more leisurely with Pilates and Yoga. My husband and I enjoy Ballroom and Latin American dancing (and it’s a good job I no longer feel the need to excel at everything!)