St Stephen’s Church reaches out to local and international communities

Faith Matters / Thu 23rd Sep 2021 at 09:39am

IT IS certainly a busy time at St Stephen’s Church, near Bush Fair in Harlow.

Last Saturday two of their team, Dawn Raggio and Ian Beckett, were formally acknowledged at Local Evangelists and Authorised Local Preachers at a service of Lay Ministry at Chelmsford Cathedral.

Steve Norris, who was authorised as a Licensed Lay Minister later that day, presented Dawn and Ian to the Right Reverend Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, who formally took her seat as the new Bishop of Chelmsford on the 4th September this year.

Dawn, a school teacher at William Martin Primary School and Ian, a former local councillor and long-term resident of Bush Fair, are well known in the Tye Green and Netteswell Parish in which they serve.

Further afield, Revd Darren McIndoe, and LLM Karen Swanton are sharing the Good News in Wengen, Switzerland, with English-speaking tourists, resort workers and local residents.

This important outreach work is organised by the Intercontinental Church Society, which has 73 Mission Partners in 19 Countries over 5 Continents involved in Chaplaincy, Church Planting, and Leadership.

As Chaplains, Revd Darren and Karen will provide the people of Wengen with religious, spiritual and pastoral care and support, along with an opportunity to connect, re-connect or deepen their Christian faith. Darren and Karen, who return at the end of the month, look forward to sharing news of their experiences in Switzerland with the church and community.

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