VESTRY MEETING AND ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
These meetings will take place consecutively in the Old School, Storrington, on Thursday 21 April, starting at 7.30pm.
Churchwardens and Church Councillors will be elected, and reports will be given on the work of the Church during the past year.
Reports for APCM on April 21st, 2016
My journey in ministry began back in 1978 when as a teenager growing up in Horsham I felt called by God to be a priest. At the time no women were ordained but I was lucky to be
encouraged in my journey by my wise parish priest. I read theology at La Sainte Union College in Southampton and then spent a year going through the discernment process as a Chichester diocesan candidate. In 1984 I began my ministry training at Lincoln Theological College. I finished in 1986 and began my curacy as a Deaconess in the parish of Littlehampton and Wick. In 1987 I was one of the first women to be ordained Deacon, and therefore to have the title ‘Reverend’. There were not a lot of job opportunities in the diocese at the time, so in 1989 I moved to Lincolnshire to be Deacon (later Priest) in Charge of Scotton with Northorpe. I stayed there for 8 years until I was appointed Principal of the diocese of Lincoln’s Ministry Training Scheme. I held this post for 5 years until I was licensed as Rector of the parish of Graffoe in December 2002. Graffoe Parish is a united parish consisting of 6 villages, each with its own church. I am also currently Assistant Rural Dean and the Bishop of Lincoln’s Advisor for Women in Ministry. In 2009 I was made a Canon of Lincoln Cathedral, with the prebendal stall of Dunham – my seat in the picture above. In Lincoln canons wear a ‘lady blue’ cassock, which will be coming with me!
So now my journey takes me back to the diocese where it all began, and to the parish of Storrington. I am very much looking forward to this new chapter and to working with you all in whatever adventures God has in store for us. My mum, Valerie, lives in the Rectory with me, along with my two black Labradors, Rubi and Cally. The dogs enjoy the garden and love being nearer to the seaside. They also love being nearer to my 10 year old niece, Rosie, who lives with her parents, Adrian (my younger brother) and his wife Vicki, in Worthing.
I hope that these few words give you a brief insight into your new Rector and I really look forward to getting to know you and your community in the months and years to come.
Yours in Christ