As promised in my service on 3rd September a bit more about me…. born and raised in Ghana, I moved to England in the 1980s. I qualified initially as a Chef after completing my GCSEs and worked in the House of Commons but left her ‘hot-stoves’ (my mother has never forgiven me!) after two years to pursue a career in social care. Following this, I spent two decades in the UK voluntary and statutory sectors including Diabetes UK and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
My earliest recollection of Church was at the age of four. Some of the things that keep me spiritually excited are my strong identity in Methodism’s emphasis upon Wesleyan grace for all; social justice and seeing the Gospel as transforming relationships and communi-ties. Holy Communion, for me, is a conversion experience as well as remembrance. The music from the Taize and Northumbria Com-munities, Prayer for the Day, are also great sources of enrichment!
In 2013, I attended the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham for my initial training after ten years as Lay Worker at Wesley’s Chapel and the London North West Mission Circuits.
My other interests include Women’s Hour, The Archers, Emmer-dale & Coronation Street but please do not hold the latter against me! I am mother to Matthew, whom many of you have met and is cur-rently reading Philosophy at Newcastle University.
Finally, I pray that our passion to spread the ‘gossip’ (Gospel) will be a shared vision that recognises the offering of our individual gifts.
For now, may the Lord bless you all, and bless you Kindly,
Rev. Abe Konadu-Yiadom