Our Present Diaconate

Alison (click for larger picture)

Alison
(2013 - )

I was born in Canterbury, Kent and grew up in Whitstable - apparently not being born in Whitstable means I cannot claim to be a true Native!

I attended Sunday School at St John’s Methodist Church, in Argyle Road, where I was also a ‘Brownie’.

My personal faith has developed over many years and has always been encouraged and nurtured by key people along the way, in particular, by my late grandmother and my auntie and, in recent years, by the church family at Whitstable Baptist Church and this resulted in my baptism on 3rd April 1994.

As our boys grew up it was my auntie who suggested a visit to Whitstable Baptist Church as they had more activities available for the children n at the time and we became actively involved in mother and toddler group, Anchor boys and Boys Brigade - for the grown-ups there was the 20s/30s group which was always great fun and a time of true Christian fellowship.

From the outset the welcome we received at Whitstable Baptist Church was ‘overwhelming’ and we have felt the love and true friendship ever since.

Previously I helped with our YPF group and now assist with Kidstime (7-11 year olds) and it is so rewarding watching our young people learn and grow in the love of Christ.

My husband Jonathan and I met at school and celebrate 30 years of marriage this year (June 2013). We have two grown up sons Richard (27) and James (24).

My now long-term membership at WBC has led me to a stage where I felt I was ready to devote more time to the church and early in 2013 prayerfully considered becoming a member of the diaconate. My successful nomination filled me with joy and excitement and a little trepidation (!) but, as always, at WBC there are many dear people to guide and support you.

I work at Kent Sport at the University of Kent and my spare time (?!) is taken up mainly with fitness based activities - cycling, Zumba, spinning, Pilates and Yoga.

I am very much looking forward to performing my duties as a Deacon and I feel excited and encouraged for the future of WBC.

Alison


© Tony Harris 15/12/2013