The Ministry Team
 

Rev Janet Aspey - Superintendent Minister

 

Awaiting details.

 

   
Ros Watson

Reverend Ros Watson - Probationer Minister

Ros Watson is joining us for two and a half days each week as a trainee Minister in the Circuit Team.

The rest of her working week will be devoted to more study and training at Luther King House in Rusholme it was there that I met her – she radiates calm, sensible compassion across the Cloisters and sitting room. 

 Ros is by origin Liverpudlian, though her father’s work took the family to Leigh, Nuneaton and South Wales. She enjoyed University in Sheffield and then came to Southport which has become home. The family was not church going, not Methodist. She was interested in scripture: study, enquiry and understanding but not belief. Yet it was during a Scripture lesson in South Wales that her first powerful conversion experience occurred: ‘Like the Sistine Chapel ceiling – History past and future collide.’

 Ros was inspired by the visit of Pope John Paul. At Sheffield she  ‘read’ Prehistory and Archaeology, with particular interest in early farming and lithics. ‘The excitement of finding a flint that had been used so long ago and lain unrecognised.’

A fellow student took Ros along to her Methodist church. The people were friendly and asked her to teach in the Sunday School. It proved difficult to find work after graduating and she moved to Southport, where her family now lived. She started going to a church there but it was not initially welcoming; people at church did

Not speak to her but she stuck with them and eventually people softened and took her to themselves.

‘The church was a family and BIG for me.’

 She worked as a hotel receptionist, then Broadbent and Boothroyd’s of Lord Street. The church asked her to help  with the Boys’ Brigade: ‘Making stuff  out of cardboard: I had not thought of myself as a primary teacher,

But I loved it.’ She qualified at Edge Hill Training College as a Primary School teacher and began teaching in Everton.

Married and with a son, she spent many  years ‘on supply’ in Southport from nursery to year six. Having signed up  for course on ‘Worship’ from church, she found that this was to prepare her to be a Worship Leader!

Then the call to become a Local Preacher took hold. Ros does not leap immediately but waits for ideas to settle and mature and seeks guidance from trusted colleagues. Her first sermon was another occasion for a powerful spiritual experience of connection with God: ‘Do not be afraid’.

The possibility of training for Ministry was growing strong. This warm and modest young lady is well on her way to becoming ordained.

She revels  in the study and the exchange of ideas with tutors and other students.

She brings to the setting the considerable experience which life has already brought her.

   
Jackie Davies

Jackie Davies - Children's and Family Worker

Jackie Davies is our Children's and Family Worker and she is very busy working in four Methodist churches Altrincham, Hale, Timperley and Bowdon Vale as well as local school and with parents. 

   
Rachel Foster

Rachel Foster - Youth Worker in Altrincham, Bowdon Vale, The Vine and Timperley.

Rachel comes to us to continue a Youth Ministry which she has been pursuing successfully in Sheffield these last three years. She comes along with Danny her husband and Maisie, their small and charming 16month old daughter. They are a
warm, gentle and cheerful trio who lift your heart as they say hello.
Rachel comes originally from Longbridge in South Birmingham. There are few traces of a West Midlands’ accent – though she went from Longbridge to nearby Redditch, famed for its roundabouts.

Her commitment to a Christian Ministry with young people is well established: a real feeling of being a Christian came to her when she was 15 and by the age of 17 she knew that Youth Work was her calling. At Birmingham University she graduated in Theology, returning later to training to teach RE.
Another influential thread in her development has been involvement with the Girls’ Brigade. It was through attendance at national rallies that she and Danny met. Danny is originally from Hull, a long-time member of the Boys Brigade with skills and talents in the world of arts.

A gap year in Essex took Rachel on to train in Youth Work with the Baptist Church in Billericay. This was energising and inspiring but did not lead to immediate openings in the field; hence her return to studies in Birmingham.

A three year appointment in Youth Ministry with an Anglican-Methodist Church in Gloucester gave her a first real opportunity to practice in the work she knows is her metier. Then she became Development Director for Girls’ Brigade England and Wales before a three years project in Sheffield. The move to Sheffield felt to be ‘God Guided’: a skate board in the garden, other applicants fading from the scene – Doors opened on a fabulous challenge from a family base in an enormous former manse and they have seen mighty progress.

At Sheffield Rachel has had a responsibility for ten churches so that her role has become essentially advisory/supervisory. The ten church Circuit is about to become assimilated into a 60 church Circuit with changes of organisation and revenue.

Rachel and Danny are looking forward to being part of our smaller Circuit which will allow Rachel more scope for hands on involvement. As with the Sheffield appointment, there have been happenings which feel more than coincidences that made them aware of the Altrincham opening and then told them more. Rachel is part way through a Masters course at Cliff College in which her dissertation considers the role and potential of Brigades in modern Youth Ministry in the UK.

This is a seriously well equipped young woman who will welcome and be welcomed by young people and older people who can catch her vision and help to take it further.