Over the next few week we'll be welcoming a new face at St Stephens. Iain Thomson is currently studying for the Reader Ministry and as part of his training he will be joining us on placement for a few months. I'm sure everyone will make him very welcome.
To help us get to know him Iain tells us a little about himself.
I was born in Berlin in 1973, but brought up in Scottish borders, where I went to school.
After several years working with adults with autism and challenging behaviour in 2000 I started my training to become a mental health nurse. I moved to Blackpool in 2003 and have lived reasonably locally for the last 18 years working in mental health services.
My current role is working in accident and emergency as a mental health nurse specialist providing assessments and advice in Blackpool Victoria hospital.
I have been a Christian since the age of 15, I grew up in a home with parents who were non Christian. In my mid 20’s I would say I fell out with God and my local church. I then went off and did my own thing.
After experiencing some personal tragedy 5 years ago I found myself questioning things and re engaging with my faith and with God, the catalyst in turning back to God was about 3 and a ½ years ago when I was asked to be a God parent to my young cousins children. I felt the promises I made before GOD were very important to me.
At the same I moved house and moved next to St Anne Greenlands. I started to go to church there and I have since been confirmed and become very involved in the witness and ministry there. I have commenced the readers course which has been enjoyable and a real challenge.
I am looking forward to working and sharing in the ministry with you over the next few months and learning from you all.