If you had told me last year, that I would volunteer to be a Church Warden whilst still working full time, I would have laughed out loud. No way! I’ve spent many years on the PCC and have watched several Church Wardens work extremely hard. I could never fit the role into my busy life. So, why am I sitting here now, writing about the honour of being one of the Parish wardens?
Over the last year, we haven’t had a warden at St. George’s. Sandra Hall had been amazing over her time as warden and we all realised how many jobs she had taken on. The good news was that lots of people stepped up and took on jobs. We coped for a year. Luckily, we benefitted from having Bill, Mavis and Pat up in Hale. It was a bit of a shock to the system when I read Rev. Lesley’s comments on Facebook, that if we didn’t have anyone willing to be Churchwarden, we would have to join with another parish. ‘NO’, I felt like shouting. I have been around long enough to remember the difficult times around merging Hale and Badshot Lea. At long last, I think we all feel we are one. We are now getting somewhere as a Parish. There is so much going on, it is so exciting to be part of a Parish where the Spirit is moving – I couldn’t sit back and let it disintegrate. Even better, I wasn’t the only one feeling that way. So we now have a team of 3 Church Wardens and 2 Assistant Wardens – so 5 people, working as a team, sharing tasks. We can do this! (I can do this!) And guess what? I’m really enjoying it. I’m meeting new people and finding out what makes our Parish and the Diocese ‘tick’. It is a steep learning curve, but we have this amazing team of people.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve been at St. George’s since my children were small and the eldest is now 27. I help run Family Praise and Dragons. As mentioned, I still work full time as a Care Manager for Hampshire Adult Services. I have a husband, who is not a Church goer – so, as you can imagine, I can be stretched, but I’m looking forward to trying to find time to go to services at St. John’s and St. Mark’s and getting to know everyone a bit better. I’m much happier ‘doing’ and although I happily stand up in front of the church and tell everyone about God, I’m really quite shy and find small talk difficult, so I need you to talk to me.
I pray regularly for our Parish to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Our mission is so important. I want us to make everyone feel so welcome when they visit our churches that they want to come back. I want to make church a place where children choose to be. I want our Church Family to be supportive and loving and people to feel able to take on roles within our Parish. I want to see growth! So, not a lot really 🙂
Please pray for me and the Church Warden team – and be kind, we are all learning.
(Maxine is the dragon in the photo)