We are delighted to announce that Lurgashall will shortly have a new Priest who will be joining us in October.
She is The Reverend Kate Bailey and she comes to us from Broadbridge Heath, near Horsham. Kate will be formally Licensed at a Service to be held on October 17th at St Laurence’s. Kate has written the following piece to introduce herself. We very much hope you will enjoy the chance of meeting her soon.
Warmest greetings to the parishes of Lurgashall, Northchapel and Ebernoe. John and I are very much looking forward to joining you in the next few weeks and getting to know you and your communities.
A little about us. We get excited about all kinds of worship – traditional, modern, high, low, formal or informal – and can pick up guitars ourselves for that kind of event. We have four grown up children and six grandchildren (the latest of whom was born on the day after I was formally appointed to your Parishes!). As you can imagine, our lives revolve mainly around family and church activities, but we have a camper van that we use both for holidays and days out. We love visiting cathedral towns and National Trust properties on days off, and when time permits I’m a keen gardener and rugby supporter.
John is a Reader – a lay minister trained and licensed to preach and take some kinds of service – who will be delighted share some of the workload. In his spare time he’s seriously into music, computers and gentle off-road cycling, and will take a lively interest in the local village life.
Please pray for us as we prepare to leave Horsham where we have been serving for the last three years and get ready for this exciting new stage in our life and ministry. We are praying for you too – that God has blessed you during the vacancy, and those who have worked tirelessly to keep things going.
Along with our Golden Retriever puppy, Amber, we look forward to meeting you soon, and discovering ways that we can know, love and follow Jesus together in this part of the Diocese.
With every blessing, Revd Kate Bailey