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On Becoming a Churchwarden

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 Everitt

(Maxine is the dragon in the photo)

Meet one of the new churchwardens

My name is Carol Le Page and I am one of the churchwardens at St. George’s Church, Badshot Lea. I am married and I have two children, two grandsons and one granddaughter. My eldest grandson is just finishing his first year in sixth form at Portsmouth Grammar School whilst the other grandson is at Heath End School and his sister, who is currently at William Cobbett Junior School, will be joining him there in September.

I have lived in Farnham for 29 years but my husband, to whom I have been married for 25 years, is Farnham born and bred. I am a retired Local Government Officer having worked for East Hampshire District Council for 24 years. If you are any good at maths you will have worked out that this is my second marriage as, unfortunately, my first marriage ended in divorce after 20 years.

As a young teenager I was very involved with the church in my, then, hometown of Crawley where I was a member of the church choir and also a Sunday School Teacher but for some reason, which I cannot recall, I drifted away from being an active Christian for a long time although I would still call myself a Christian if I was asked.
For some time I had felt that there was something missing in my life and as three years ago we were considering secondary schools for my grandson, with All Hallows being an option I started to attend services at St George’s. I was amazed at how welcoming the congregation were and what a wonderful atmosphere there was in the Church and soon forgot my original reason for attending and came along because I wanted to become a part of this group who came to worship every Sunday. Since then I have been a regular worshipper at St George’s and have become a “coffee Granny” at Little Bees and also a member of the Open the Book team, both of which activities I thoroughly enjoy.

A few weeks ago Lesley informed us that there was going to be a real problem if no one was prepared to step into the vacant Churchwarden positions at St. George’s. I felt drawn to look into this further and discovered that Maxine was also feeling the same so, after much thought and prayer, we made the decision to offer our services.

To be honest I am still very much feeling my way at the moment, there are so many things that come under the umbrella of being a Churchwarden, from making sure that the doors are open and locked as required to being responsible for both the fabric and the contents of the Church itself (albeit with the help of lots of other willing volunteers without whom the job would be just too daunting).

As a new Churchwarden I will be attending a course on Saturday, 6th June, to find out a bit more about exactly what the role entails so I think that perhaps it will be a good idea to write another “little piece” for the magazine in a few months time when, I hope, I will have more of an idea of exactly what I have taken on!
In the meantime I would just like to thank everyone for all the help that they are giving me when I am not sure about anything.

Thank you all and God Bless.

(Carol is featured in the photo above on the left. Photo credit – Georgie Fry)