I have been a member of St Martin’s Church since I came to Nottingham in 1989. I loved its friendly, welcoming atmosphere right from the start. I think it’s gone from strength to strength since then, with more and more ways in which all members are encouraged to live the good life God is calling us to, both in St Martin’s, in Sherwood and further afield. Involvement of members in every aspect of church life is especially encouraged by our Vicar, Sylvia.
I have been privileged to lead our work with children and young people in church for some years now, which has given me great joy. It is so lovely to see all they bring to our community in creativity, drama,
worship and sheer zest for life. It’s great to see their colourful banners on the ‘fruits of the Spirit’ which proudly adorn our pillars, to see them read or lead our prayers and to watch them as they grow up
and go out into the big wide world.
We started Messy Church in 2014, informal sessions involving craft and celebration/worship around a biblical theme and finishing with sharing a simple meal together. We have been delighted to welcome more families into our life at St Martin’s through Messy Church.
As I approached retirement from the NHS as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist I felt freer to take on broader roles within the church, including leading a home group, being part of a team leading services in care and residential homes for older people, reading and preaching. I have been supported in undertaking training as a Reader and as you can see from the picture, I made it, being licensed in October 2010. What’s great about being a Reader is that it enables ordinary members of the church to play a really active part in church life, especially in preaching and leading worship. I enjoy both. I think God speaks to us through scripture with such richness and if I can convey just a little of that richness to my church family, then I am happy.
I’m married with two grown up sons. We are a dual faith household, my husband being Jewish. We celebrate all the major festivals at home and I’ve learned a lot from Judaism about the foundations of my own Christian faith. My elder son is a software engineer (www.codefish.net), though his computer skills have not rubbed off on me. My younger son is a civil and environmental engineer and is working in international development. He set up a charity in Water and Sanitation Hygiene which has become a bit of a family affair, (www.waterworkscharity.org).
I still work freelance as a psychologist and in my leisure time I enjoy singing in a chamber choir (www.sinfoniachorale.uk), a group of singers (Farnaby and Co) and occasionally solo. My singing teacher is brilliant and also a member of St Martin’s, Lynne Wayman (http.lynnewaymanvoicecentre.com) I also enjoy playing tennis. I’m a better singer than a tennis player, though I do keep trying. I like cooking and eating and if I had more time I’d spend a lot more of it in the wild hills. I love the outdoors and sunshine. Lesley