Students training for the URC Ministry usually spend a period of time towards the end of their course working alongside an ordained Minister. This gives them valuable experience at grass roots level.

We are fortunate that a trainee Minister, Fiona Elvins, from Westminster College, Cambridge, will be working alongside James from September 2018 until the middle of next year.

Fiona has written a short piece to introduce herself and we kook forward to welcoming her.

Fiona writes:

My name is Fiona Elvins and I am a final year Student Minister. I was able to follow my call about 11 years ago – only to find that I was too old!

Never being suppressed for long, the two churches that I was leading as Elder in Local leadership, (one from 8 years ago), eventually helped me to put forward a resolution to Synod then to General Assembly for the age limit to be removed for people training to be Non-Stipendiary Ministers. We eventually succeeded and here I am!

I met Ivor about nine years after he lost his first wife to cancer – and we married within the year following our meeting!

So, we have his 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren whom we both adore – they range from age 11 to 25! Two are albino and all are adorable.

Ivor and I like our holidays to be “Day trips to New York! We go on QM2 and it takes 7 nights to get there – 1 day there and 7 nights to come home – most relaxing!

I shall be “shadowing” James until May next year and will be working at both Radford Road  Church and Lillington Free Church and also doing some other work at Westminster College in Cambridge as well as learning about Dementia in Solihull, close to where I live.

I thank you in advance for this opportunity and I look forward to meeting you all.

May God bless this partnership. Fiona