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"Prayer in action is love, love in action is service." Mother Teresa

We have come together, shared together, and prayed together.
Remembering the past and anticipating the future. Lord, receive our thanks and praise.
                                                                                                                                                                                          part of our benefice prayer

The Ministry Team

Team Rector: Revd. Jane Holmes

Growing up on a farm in North Lincolnshire - I am a rural girl.  After a personal tragedy in my family I turned to God and I found him ready and waiting to wrap me in his arms.  Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you ( Matt.7:7)

After many years of soul searching I followed my calling, left behind a career in finance and banking, and trained for ministry. 

Ordained in 2007 I came to Gayton in January 2011 and I have to say I find my work here an absolute privilege.  Great people, great place and a great team!  I am passionate about teaching and sharing the love God has for us with all ages for I know His love is just as relevant for all people today, as it was yesterday, and will be tomorrow

Team Vicar : Revd. Judith Pollard

I am married to Mike and have three adult sons whose disabilities have had a huge impact on my life, Christian faith and understanding of ministry.
I trained at Westcott House, Cambridge and was ordained in Southwell, Nottinghamshire in 2011, serving my curacy in Newark. I have an MA in pastoral Theology and a particular interest in revealing the love of Christ in our care of others.
I am a member of the Society of Catholic Priests and aspire to a more traditional, more sacramental understanding of Church.

Commit your life to the Lord. Trust in Him and He will act.

Reader : Joy Smith

Psalm 30 verse 5 “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Well that’s how I got my name; my father was training to become a Vicar and that was the psalm the morning I was born. I first came to Norfolk in 1960 when my father became Rector of a small village in south Norfolk called Woodrising, we then moved to Ashwicken in 1970, were we lived until my father died in 1982.  I moved with my mother into King’s Lynn but then when I got married in 1988 we decided to move back to the countryside and I presently live in Grimston.   I have been involved with the church all my life and I became a Reader/Lay Minister in 1991. The Lord has worked in many ways in my life but he has always remained close to my Celtic heart.

Reader : Nell Steele

As a reader I have loved meeting people in the Benefice. I have learnt so much from their faith, kindness and dedication. I particularly enjoy the informality of Family Services and Messy Church, where most of the children join in uninhibitedly and even the little kids help to tidy away at the end. It's also so rewarding to work with the rest of the team as well.

 

AWA : Jan Willson

I have lived in Pott Row for nearly 28 years, having come back to live in the village where my mother and grandmother were born, so I could be termed almost "local".  I have loved my Lord and my Church for many years, and have enjoyed being part of St Botolph's Church family.  I seem to have been on the PCC for ever, and Church warden for not quite so long!  Last year I obeyed my Lord and agreed to become an Authorised Worship Assistant.  It is so lovely to be able to support the ministry team and help with the services, and I am enjoying my new role very much - although I still have so much to learn and constantly pray for God's guidance.

AWA: Ellen Scott

I moved with my husband Charles and first two children from Kent to Norfolk almost forty five years ago. God blessed us with two more , and this many years later we have four Grandchildren and another due in November.
Children big and small and inbetween, I guess that's where may calling to work for the Lord has been, and hopefully will be yet. I have had the wonderful privilege of teaching God's love, telling his wonderous stories to children for the last thirty something years.
I did have a brief retirement, but God soon kick started me again when help was needed and I am involved with WAHM (Wednesdays At Holly Meadows) after school club, Open the book, and Messy Church once a month.
I also have the privilege of being a Church Warden, and even more exciting being part of the worship team as an AWA. (Authorised Worship Assistant) Thank you Lord for everything.

 

Of course, this is just the Ministry Team.

The Church is not just "us" - it is also all our Churchwardens, Readers, PCC members, refreshment teams, flower arrangers & cleaners, Clock Winders, Bellringers, all those who help keep the Church & Churchyard tidy and all our congregations.

Nor must we forget all those who support the Church quietly and maybe do not attend regular services.

We all represent the Church to all of the community, and we represent all of the community to God.

 

 


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