Clergy / Reader Family ‘Connect’ Group
‘Connect’ is a group for spouses and partners of St Albans Clergy, Readers and Diocesan staff. We also welcome spouses and partners from all of these groups who are now retired. We occasionally host events for the whole family.
The group is funded and supported by the Diocesan scheme ‘Support in your Ministry’ (SIM).
Our group meetings are very friendly and informal and so far they have included quiet days, Christmas socials, pub gatherings/quizzes, smaller fellowship groups and country walks- new ideas always welcome!
The group is organised by Julie Bull, Ros Wood, and Judy Salisbury (contact details below) but we are also fortunate in having area coordinators who are very happy to be a friendly voice maybe nearer to home.
Impact on clergy wellbeing on the whole family – draft report
There is a draft document on clergy wellbeing. It is being prepared by the Sheldon Hub for the Church of England. Responses are requested. Some of the questions relate specifically to the impact of clergy life on the wellbeing not just of the clergy person but on the whole family. This is a real opportunity for those of us with first-hand experience to influence what is put in that document. You can access the draft document here. Download ‘A Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing’. Points 17,18,19 and 25 are deemed most relevant to the ‘Connect’ Group but you may find other sections should also be considered by the group. Ros and Ruth will be collating responses for the groups submission to the report, so please sent your comments to them by December 10.
Between December 2018 and May 2019 we have 2 events.
Pub Night – Thursday 13th December
Flying Horse, Clophill, Bedford, MK45 4AD
If you are joining could you email Jenny to let her know so she has an idea on numbers.
Annual Quiet Day – May 18th 2019 between 9.30-3pm (Financed by SIM)
St Nicholas Church Hall Barton-le-clay, Bedfordshire, MK45 4LA
A wonderful day comprising spiritual reflection in the morning and informal discussion groups in the afternoon. Good coffee and delicious food served throughout the day – at no cost to you!!
Contact Julie if you would like to attend. Tel: 07988 636309; Email Julie
Connect Planning group:
St Albans: Julie Bull
Tel: 07988 636309; Email Julie
Ampthill and Shefford: Ros Wood
Tel: 01582 883277; Email Ros
SIM Representative: Judy Salisbury
Ampthill and Shefford: Ruth Speller
Tel: 07814053313; Email Ruth
Barnet: Bev Hanshaw
Tel: 07903991782; Email Bev
Baldock: Helen Holford
Tel: 01462 896273; Email Helen
Dunstable: Jenny Marsh
Tel: 01525 838450; Email Jenny
Hemel Hemstead: Penny Williams
Tel: 07805 197762; Email Penny
Hitchin: Theresa Britt
Te: 07525 123968; Email: Theresa
Luton: Christine Grew
Tel: 01582 943656; Email Christine