Deacon Carole Smith whose Circuit welcome service will be held at Hedge End on Sunday 3rd September has kindly written some words introducing herself which are below:
I am from Sheffield and although my family is now spread across the north of England I still like to visit the steel city to catch up with friends. I studied librarianship at Loughborough University and went on to work in the civil service and then the NHS blood donor service. I enjoy walking, pottering in the garden, playing the recorder (not in public!), films, theatre, coffee shops, garden centres and charity shops.
I came to faith as a student but left the church for a few years until I began worshipping at a Methodist Church. There I found a home and discovered a ministry of pastoral care, leading small groups and leading worship before candidating for diaconal ministry. I trained in the diverse community of the Queen’s Theological Foundation in Birmingham and have served for five years in Oxford, living and working on a housing estate.
I am delighted to be a deacon in the Southampton Circuit, primarily involved in Hedge End and Woolston churches and their local communities. I look forward to getting to know everyone and to us serving together in the love of God, and in the name of Christ and in the power of the Spirit.