It is a great pleasure to welcome John Beswick Pallister, Laura and baby Matilda to Madeley and Betley. John will be our Curate for the next few years and our job is to train him to be a good Vicar!
John comes with experience of working for the Post Office and having spent much of his life living and working in Portugal. Laura is a modern languages teacher. They have both worked with students in helping to nurture the Christian faith of young adults.
John and Laura do have relatives locally but don’t know much about the Potteries, the pits and which towns really do make up the six? Is Newcastle one of them?
John has been called by God to serve as an ordained minister. He comes with lots of learning from college about God, the Bible and what our Christian faith means for life today.
As we welcome them amongst us, together we share in responsibility for supporting and encouraging them and crucially in helping them to see what God is doing in our villages – not just through our churches but in our community groups, our schools, our local businesses and our neighbourhoods.
Madeley and Betley are strong communities with lots of good things going on but there are always challenges and sadnesses. John needs to hear about those too.
Believing that God is among us and that God is at work in Betley and Madeley – please share your experiences of life and God and faith to encourage John and to help to form him as a good pastor, a prayerful leader and a strong community player. Welcome John, Laura and Matilda.