From early days in ministry I have greatly valued the support, fun and friendship developed during Connexion weekends away, so I have been to almost everyone since 1996. The opportunity to leave family & work responsibilities behind, share a few laughs in a relaxing space chilling out, be spiritually enriched and generously catered for – an attractive fixture!
Mark and I have been in ministry with churches in Didcot and Frimley, Surrey before coming to Horndean to a part-time position. 2 months later he was diagnosed with cancer. God knew we needed part-time before we did! We both have seen amazing healing, myself coming through times when M.S plays up and breast cancer, mastectomy & radiotherapy, and Mark’s health scare in 2015 A Walking Miracle. The part-time hours now allowing opportunities for Mark supporting people’s practical needs alongside church role with Citizen’s Advice.
Our son Tim is now grown up and lives away.
I enjoy growing plants to eat &for charity! and developing community links at a local community choir, church toddler groups, ladies film nights, monthly Crafty Cuppa Club and in a very relaxed way, using past Speech and Language therapy experience to bring encouragement & painting projects.
The prayer support & encouragement from Connexion friends near and far has been invaluable helping me through ministry challenges and health testing times faced, together with prayers & support of family & friends.
It is amazing the way God is always faithful what ever we are facing. God’s word leading us, comforting us and lifting us as we need him too. Many bible verses have spurred me on e.g.
1 Corinthians 10:13 God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Hebrews 12:1b-2 Let us run with perseverance the race set out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.