Our New Curate
Margaret has lived in Weston super Mare for many years as a child and then as an adult. She trained as a nurse before testing a vocation to be a nun. This was not developed and she left the order after 6 years.
She met and John Haywood who was vicar of St Johns Church WSM. Margaret involved herself in parish life and has been a JP.
She retrained as a teacher and has been involved in special education. Margaret has been attending St Martin’s Church since John’s retirement. She is currently completing her studies at STETS – the course that Paul and Sharon followed in Salisbury.
She will be ordained in Wells Cathedral on Sunday 30th June.
We are yet to finalise a working and learning agreement but I anticipate that Margaret will be offering the parish Sundays and one other day. We are exploring the possibility of her working at WSM hospice as part of her training.
Please pray for her and welcome her as she begins her new vocation. Fr. Graham
Dear Parishioners of Saint Andrew’s Burnham on Sea,
I am absolutely delighted to be coming to serve as your assistant curate and look forward very much to beginning ministry with you in Saint Andrew’s, I feel very blessed in this.
My name is Margaret Hayward and I live in Weston super Mare. with my husband John. We are a rather large family! with 5 children who are all grown up, one living locally, one living in Paris and the other 3 scattered across England and Wales. I am sure you will meet them all in time.
I have worked in the past as a nurse during which time I was a “religious sister”. I further trained and worked as a midwife, district nurse, college lecturer, health and social care assessor and local magistrate. My most recent job was working in rehabilitation with people who have suffered an acquired brain injury.
My hobbies and interests, are biking, walking, and bird watching. I love listening to “all sorts of music”, and discovering “all sorts”. In the church life, my spirituality tends towards the more contemplative worship, prayer, study groups and eucharistic services, but love the “God of Surprises”.
At present I work as a voluntary chaplain at Weston Hospicecare and offer spiritual direction in the diocese, and have been studying for ministry at Sarum College, Salisbury. I am now approaching the end of my ministry studies and shall be ordained as a deacon on 30th June 2019 in Wells Cathedral. After which I shall begin ministry at St Andrew’s as your assistant deacon, with Father Graham as my Training Minister.
I shall keep Saint Andrew’s in my prayers and ask that you will kindly hold me in yours. With my every good wish,