First of all, can I say thank you for the warm welcome I have received from everyone each time I have come to St. Mary’s. It’s very exciting starting to work in a new church and to hear about all the different activities that take place. I have just been to play with the children at the Toddler Group. There was paint and pasta shapes in a tray to touch and feel – as well as the usual toys to play with. Snack time was a joy to see. There was a wide selection of foods beautifully laid out for the parents to choose for their children. Many of the parents had started to come to the group as a result of a personal recommendation. They had heard it was friendly and a good place for children to play.
Let me introduce myself: I moved to Derbyshire to teach maths at St Benedict RC School and took a career break to look after my children Helen and Andrew, who are now 24 and 22 and working away from home in London and Birmingham. My husband and I are bell-ringers based at Melbourne and Andrew often joins us there at weekends. I love working in schools and had planned to transfer to primary teaching. God had other ideas and I felt called into children’s ministry, first as an editor working for Scripture Union and then as a schools worker in Derby. I set up Grace in 2007 to serve churches needing a children’s worker to help them to develop their youth and children’s work programme. I passionately believe in the importance of this work and I want to thank everyone who has ever contributed to this vital ministry.
It’s too early to say what the rest of the year will bring, but please give me lots of feedback as we try out new ideas and affirm traditions. Please tell me what you think! We all want St Mary’s to be known throughout Ilkeston as a church which is friendly and a good place for families to hear about Jesus.