This week we meet new reader Sarah Hope from Ainsdale. Sarah wants to play a role in helping people develop their relationship with God through, among other things, leading worship, teaching and preaching.
Q. Why do you think reader ministry is important?/what role will you play in your church?
I think Reader ministry is a vital role in the church to complement ordained ministry, release people to use their gifts in the life of the church while still having a role in their workplace. It gives opportunities to create links between the sacred and the secular.
I hope to play a role in helping people develop their relationship with God through, among other things, leading worship, teaching and preaching.
Q. Where are you from originally, and have you lived/worked elsewhere?
I am from Ainsdale and apart from university have always lived and worshipped in Ainsdale. I work in St Helens as a primary school teacher.
Q. Was your interest in reader ministry gradual, or something you knew you have always wanted to do?
It took me quite a while to decide whether reader ministry was the right path. With some prodding from God and some special people at church I was encouraged to explore it more seriously. I felt such a sense of peace as I applied for selection that I knew this was the right thing for right now in my life.
Q. What roles did you hold in church before your licensing?
I have had an active role in church life since I began as a Sunday school teacher aged 12, including PCC, sidesperson, youth leader, bible study leader, Deanery Synod, Messy Church leader and a leading and teaching role in our informal service.
Q. Do you have an interest in a particular kind of ministry, and how would you like to develop this?
I am passionate about serving people inside and outside the church, helping people to understand how much God loves them in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us as a church.
Q. Do you have any interesting hobbies?
I am a caravanner and love towing my caravan around this country and France visiting new places and favourite haunts, enjoying the peace an quiet of my little caravan.