Staff and Leadership

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Rector: Revd. Mike Partridge Curate: Helen Sherlock
Andi Roger
Andi Linford - Churchwarden Roger Noden - Churchwarden
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Lesley Phillips-Cannon - Reader Lucy Williams: Children & Families Worker

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Church Safeguarding Officer

Our Safeguarding officer is Ruth Ramsbottom.
Contact Details: 01392 210777
Mobile: 07875 578786

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Lay Leadership Team
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Within the church family at St Michaels there is a team that has grown in confidence and importance since it was originally set up in 2013.They are the Lay Leaders, led by Lesley Phillips Cannon, a Reader. The Lay Leaders  are       members of the congregation who support  Stephen, our Rector,  in leading services in all three churches of the Mission Community of Alphington, Ide and Shillingford. A morning service is held in each of the parishes every Sunday and although staggered timing allows Stephen  to take two of the services not even he could do three in one morning.  Step up the Lay Leaders Team.  The members are not ordained, as Stephen is, or licensed by the bishop, as Lesley is.  Rather they are carefully selected and prepared members of the congregation who are able to lead both All Age and Morning Praise Services. They do this in all three churches along with Lay Leaders from both Ide and Shillingford.
One of the leaders spoke with affection of Rev Jeremy Clarke:  “It was Jeremy who first trained some of us. He arrived each week with a box of mugs, coffee and milk to get us going.  His criticism was constructive and it made us aware, taught us to look at ourselves while giving us confidence.”
When you ask these special people why they do this, their answers are varied but with a thread running through them of wanting to serve both God and the church family.  One said, “ I felt that God wanted me to encourage people in their faith .”  Another said, “I really value the opportunity to tell people the good news about Jesus, about what he has done for upon the cross and what he will do for us when her returns.” When asked, members of the church family said that they felt particularly blessed by the fact that the Lay Leaders were willing to stand up, literally, and give themselves to this ministry. For this is not about turning up five minutes before the service starts and announcing the hymns and readings.  The leaders spend many hours in preparation and prayer.  Many of them now prepare and deliver their own talks bringing a new approach and perspective to the bible passages they talk about.
Lesley has watched and encouraged as each Lay Leader has brought their existing skills to the role and these have been developed as they grew in  experience.  The congregation have noticed this and speak fondly of services that they have particularly enjoyed or been challenged by.  There is a genuine love and acceptance of the Lay Leaders that was reflected on by one leader who said,” It’s giving me greater confidence speaking to a group of people, partly because I know the congregation are so loving and accepting of me.”  Among that congregation is someone who said, “ I couldn’t do what they do but I am so glad that we have church family members who can.  I look at them and think, wow!”
The team meet every 2/3 months to look at the rota and decide who will lead which service. Generally the leaders work in pairs, one choosing the hymns, liaising with the organist and church wardens and the other finding a talk, or someone to fill that slot.  They are always warmly welcomed in whichever church they take services.
The final word comes from one of the Lay Leaders who described the team as the “Priesthood of all believers” in action.  Those of you who are familiar with 1 Peter 2 will know exactly what he meant.  For those who are less familiar with the verse, Peter is saying in this that all Christians are priests.  In the ministry of the Lay Leaders Team, the members are living out their commission to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.

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Our Safeguarding officer is Ruth Ramsbottom.
Contact Details: 01392 210777
Mobile: 07875 578786

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If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.