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Hello. My name is Roberta Topham and I am new to Ilkley having just started as Minister in September 2017.
Already, I know that there is lots going on at Christchurch with something, hopefully, for everyone.
Since Christchurch is both a Methodist and United Reformed partnership church, we also belong to a circuit of Methodist Churches and URC synod. That means I am not present at Christchurch every Sunday as I go to preach in other churches too. If you want to speak to me you can ring me on 01943 607870 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am happy to talk with you about anything and if I can’t answer your questions I will do my best to find someone who can do.
Please do approach me if you are interested in exploring Christian faith further, baptism, confirmation and church membership, bible study, weddings, funerals, pastoral care, worship and anything that pertains to human flourishing.
I’ve been working for the Methodist Church, off and on, since 1989 when I began as a lay worker in Leeds. I’ve been a minister (presbyter) since 1999, always based in Yorkshire, which I love. I come originally from Northern Ireland, ”where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea”, so I adore a good hill walk and sea swimming. My background is in social anthropology and I continue to enjoy learning about how we human beings make meaning in our communities and make the most of the opportunities which God gives to us.
I am delighted to be working in a place that is already so good for body, mind and soul and am looking forward to making my contribution. I hope you will feel as warmly welcomed as I do and get in touch.
I'm Rebecca Anderson and was born in Zimbabwe, the first of four children, and spent most of my childhood in Botswana. Our family moved with my Dad’s work to Ireland in 2004. I lived and studied there until last February when I moved to Chippenham, Wiltshire and started my first year in Ministry. But that’s skipping ahead slightly. Let me tell you about when I first felt called into ministry . . .
In the summer of 2016 I spent my summer doing Camps with Scripture Union which was my usual summer routine. You will all soon learn that I love Camps. Anyways, on one of the Camps, during the leaders teaching, our speaker threw out some statistics: 1 in 4 of us was likely to end up working in full time ministry. I had considered ministry before (doesn’t every Christian? - that’s what I thought anyway). I chatted to a few of the other leaders and the more people I spoke to the more I realised not everyone felt they were called to work in ministry and I soon realised I was the 1 in 4. Over the next couple of weeks I felt this continual prompting to go and get equipped. I didn’t want to go back to being a student and yet I was applying to go to Bible College. I ended up in Bible College about a month after I felt this distinct calling into ministry.
Making disciples has become the passion of my ministry and I’m so excited to be working with the children, young people and families at Christchurch. I’m really excited for what God has in store for my ministry in Christchurch and how he plans to use me in your community.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know you over the coming weeks and months. Don’t hesitate to come introduce yourself if I haven’t met you already.