Alton Webteam: October 2016
"Well, what is a Lay Worker?", I find myself being asked. A good question! The term "Lay" simply denotes that the person is not an ordained minister. So what is the work that I am to undertake?
We have welcomed the Rev Chris Blake, new Superintendent of our Circuit based at North Camp church. He has ultimate responsibility for all churches in the area and I will work closely with Chris. However, with both Rev. Keith Underhill and Karen Booker (Pastoral Assistant) leaving their roles at the end of last July, and Rev John Scrivens not well enough to take up his post in Alton, the Circuit recognised that there was a need for someone to work with the Stewards to provide leadership and to have oversight of pastoral care for the next year.
So I have the privilege of being appointed for 15 hours per week to serve the church in this way. The job description includes leading worship in Alton, and working with the Stewards and committees of the church to "enable a healthy development of the whole of church life at Alton Methodist Church." I am also to work with Jennie Marlow and all of our church family visitors to ensure that together we provide good pastoral care for one another.
I have been overwhelmed by your good wishes and support as I take up this challenge; thank you. We are very much "all in it together" and I am sure that together we can do more than just mark time as we wait for the appointment of a new minister to join us next September.
At the end of the month we will be in Advent. The Christmas products have been in the shops for weeks already! Advent means "coming." What will God come and do amongst us in the coming year? How will he develop our gifts and ministries to better serve one another and most importantly the community around us in Alton.
"Come Lord Jesus, Come Lord Jesus, pour out your Spirit we pray"
May the Lord bless us and keep us.
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