Everyone experiences times of loss, crisis, or particular need when extra pastoral support is helpful.
St Paul's Pastoral Assistants have been trained by the Diocese of Guildford in order to be able to offer specific support during times of need. A visit from a Pastoral Assistant can be arranged by contacting the church office and leaving your name and number. All details are treated confidentially.
For further details about Pastoral Care and Counselling please contact Dawn Lucas, the Pastoral Co-ordinator via the church office on 01306 743378
I have two boys and am currently at home full-time, having spent 20 years working for the Metropolitan Police Service (mostly in senior Human Resources roles). I was trained in the ministry of listening by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, and was a volunteer at 'Get Connected', a charity based at King's Cross Station, supporting runaway children arriving in the city. I have been a Christian since childhood and, following selection for ordination training this year, I will be starting at Theological College in September 2020. It is my privilege to join the Pastoral Team as Coordinator. I have personally experienced the love and care of the team, having been prayerfully supported by a Pastoral Assistant throughout my husband's illness and death, and beyond. I have learnt not to doubt in the darkness, what I know to be true in the light.
Two of the things I love to do are walking and travelling. I have had the great joy of travelling to many countries often to see friends or relations.
I have been a Primary teacher for most of my working life, spending many of them at St. Paul’s Primary School. I also taught in Tanzania as a CMS missionary for a short time.
I have been a volunteer for the Brigitte Trust, supporting people with life threating illnesses. Pastoral work has always been important to me and I am a trainer on the Pastoral Assistants Diocesan Course. I also am a trained Spiritual Director. I find it a great privilege and joy to travel alongside people at special times of their lives, knowing God is with us.
Margaret Ridley moved to Dorking in 2017. I am married with 2 grown-up sons, both married. A former teacher, I served in a number of ministries in my church in Scotland where I was a member for over 25 years. One of the ministries was care in the community and I feel God has been calling me to pastoral ministry for a while. I enjoy listening to and encouraging others who may need some additional support .
Married with two adult children who are both engaged. Retired & active Ex-P.E. Teacher. Ran local tennis coaching business for 25 years. Interests - The Arts, visiting new places, volunteering at a Dorking charity shop. Love being involved with HOLIDAY @ HOME based at the URC in the summer. Experienced family member with alzheimers and the effects this has on YOU and the rest of the family - IT'S TOUGH.
Married to Greg, who I met and married at St Pauls.I love children and have been involved with various youth groups at Church over the years and am currently loving helping with the SPOT group [St Pauls One to Three] I am a co-leader of an amazing homegroup. I worked for a long time at Friends Provident/Friend Life/Aviva, worked for 4 years as a teaching assistant and am currently working part time for a company providing support for elderly people who have chosen to stay in their own homes. In my spare time I like to travel and to sing. I am a member of the Show Choir in Dorking I have taken part in a few of the World Church trips to Kenya and more recently to Paris. I have been a Pastoral Assistant for 13 years and love to give the gift of a listening ear to people who need support.
Moved to Dorking in 2017 and just love being here. I trained as a pastoral assistant whilst being a member of St Peter’s church in Walton on the Hill which is a role I really enjoy. I believe that God called me to listening ministries and in my time have helped with rehabilitation counselling, the Samaritans and Victim support. Now in my mid-seventies I am just working as a PA and am beginning to feel really at home at St Paul’s.
I have 2 daughters living in Dorking and Reigate (how lucky am I?) and 6 grandchildren so I really enjoy being with them and they, together with Digby, my dog, keep me reasonably active.
Steve has been married to Heather for more than 40 years, and we have 3 grown up boys. I came to faith as a teenager, and I was a project manager for most of my working life. Since retirement, I have been volunteering for Tearfund. Heather and I have been at St Paul's Church for many years, and served in various roles. I trained as a Lay Pastoral Assistant in 2013/4, and have had the privilege of listening to and walking alongside people of faith and people of no faith. In our spare time, we see our families, and we love to travel and do lots of walking and photography.
I have lived in Dorking since the age of 16 and met and married my husband, Matthew, here. We have been married for 27 years and have three reasonably grown-up children, aged 24, 22 and 20, one baby grandson and a huge dog! In life before children I worked in Human Resources but now work part-time for Matthew. I spend a lot of the rest of my week gardening which I am passionate about. I have always had a heart for helping people and volunteered for the Samaritans for a number of years. I have felt drawn to do more in the church and feel that Pastoral work is the role God has planned for me. I feel it a privilege to walk along people, supporting them when in difficulty and, God willing ultimately, in peace.