Jo Child and David Bland are part of the team at St Martin's who work on Mission in our local community.
Jo: “I am a mother to five boys and wife to one IT consultant. I began my working life in the library service, as a senior library assistant for Reading council. From there I went to Reading University to gain my PGCE in secondary English, after which I taught in schools in Berkshire, Yorkshire and Worcestershire. For the past ten years I have home educated my own children. During all this time I have sought to follow Jesus Christ and serve Him, volunteering in a variety of church and secular settings. I have been a youth leader, setting up a FX of Sunday School for older children, helped to run toddler groups, facilitated craft groups, led Bible studies and organised fundraising events.
More recently I started a home education nature group, led art classes, was one of the founding team of a local forest church, set up an interdenominational ladies' breakfast, surprised myself by undertaking preaching engagements, and led all age worship services at my church. I am also a trustee of my local community hub and have worked there, supporting the elderly and taking part in fundraising events. I am passionate about creative, accessible worship, as well as reaching out to the more vulnerable members of our communities. I feel very privileged to be part of the IM team and am excited about the opportunity to be part of revealing God's kingdom in South Wye. I am currently studying a foundation degree in Mission, Evangelism and Theology at Chester University, with The Light Project.”
David: “After 17 years working for myself fixing computers and developing intergenerational church in Leominster I am ready for a new challenge! In recent years I’ve helped found various intergenerational expressions of church including Leominster Messy Church, Forest Church and mullti-sensory exploring faith group for babies and their parents. As a life-long member of the Church of England I love doing Church around a campfire as much as indoors. I am passionate for everyone to have a voice that can be heard, helping young and old alike to lead worship and share their faith. I will bring a love of camping, an engineering mind, a heart of justice and the ability to play the piano to the role. Over the last couple of years, in response to the European refugee crisis I’ve help set up charity that collects and delivers aid to refugees. It has been amazing to lead groups of volunteers to help in Calais see lives changed by the experience. At the same time, I’m training as a Lay Pioneer Minister with Church Mission Society, learning to theologically reflect on my missional context and apply the lessons we can learn from church history to the way we share the gospel with our local communities. Most importantly I’m looking forward to meeting people in South Wye and joining with God to see what exciting plans He has for us.”
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David Bland and Jo Child
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