Living as Community

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Mary Rayner

Mary Rayner (Reader)

I moved to Highley with my husband David in 2016 when we both retired, having lived in a number of different parts of the country over the years.

Previously I was a Reader in the Diocese of Guildford, where I was trained, and after a period of settling in I was licensed as a Reader here.

My role includes leading worship and preaching at Sunday Services which might be at any of the churches in the Benefice, and I also occasionally take funeral services. My role extends beyond this and I am part of the Pastoral Care Team, visiting those who are housebound or in need of support, and I am a host for the regular Tuesday coffee mornings. I feel that I am called to serve the older member of the community although I enjoy working with children too and was for a short time in my working life an infant teacher.

In addition to this Pastoral Role I have recently taken on the role of Treasurer which uses other of my gifts and experience, though hopefully this will only be in the short term.