|What followed was a very fulfilling, full time ministry as a Chaplain at the Northern General
Hospital from 1996 to 2007. She is convinced that God has his hand on all of us and leads us
all on a daily basis to love and serve him and each other and believes that the working out of
this in large ways and small is our destiny in which God’s Spirit is the major player.
Though now officially retired, Jeni helps out at St Mary’s, does some voluntary chaplaincy
work at Weston Park Hospital, and some spiritual direction. She also enjoys being a
Grandma very much indeed. Now and again John is heard to ask, tongue in cheek, “When
did you say you were retiring?”
|The Ministry Team at St Mary's
|Reader: Pat Clarke
Pat has worshipped at St Mary’s since 1986. It was the prayers and
encouragement of friends and the challenge of a powerful sermon
on obedience that made her realise that God was nudging her in
the direction of Reader ministry. She began Reader Training in
September 1991. Her husband Bryan died just as her 2nd year of
training finished. The final year was a struggle but held by the
prayers and support of many people, and God’s strength and
enabling, she did get through that final year and was licensed in
|Reader: Stephanie Dale
Stephanie has worshipped at St. Mary’s for the last seventeen years,
and was licensed as a Reader in September 2006. She has two
grown-up children and two grandchildren. Stephanie has recently
retired from full time work, having spent part of her working life
teaching in secondary schools and in adult education, and more
recently in running a small dressmaking and alterations business in
Ecclesfield. She still uses her teacher training and craft skills,
offering help and ideas for children’s activities at St. Mary’s and in
|Pastoral Worker: Pat Wood
Pat was born in Leeds and came to live in Ecclesfield in 1999. During
her life she has moved around the country and consequently has
worshipped in many different churches and communities with
different traditions and types of worship. Pat is most at home in the
kitchen and the garden – cleaning, baking and weeding. These tasks
she does happily and without thinking but God always seems to have
|Readers and Pastoral Workers
Readers are lay people in the Church of England, from all walks of life, who are called by
God, theologically trained and licensed by the Bishop of a diocese to preach, teach and lead
worship in a pastoral context. Most are licensed to a parish but some are chaplains in prisons,
hospitals, hospices or schools. Readers give their services to the church so do not receive
payment. Readers are supported by a Warden of Readers and a Secretary in each diocese.
Pastoral Workers are lay people who are called by God, trained and licensed to work in
pastoral ministry in a voluntary capacity. This means work in the fellowship of the church
and in the church's many contacts with people at important parts of their lives. That usually
means involvement in pastoral care and visiting, including contacts through baptism,
weddings, bereavement and illness and in enabling others to work in these areas. It may also
include taking Holy Communion to the sick or housebound.
|‘Reader training proved to be quite a challenge,’ Stephanie admits, ‘and something I had never
really considered until I was encouraged to try it. I did find the course very interesting, and I
do enjoy being a part of the team here at St. Mary’s but, of course, it is an on-going challenge
and a continuous learning process. It is never too late to try something different, and I would
encourage anyone to look beyond their comfort zone. You may surprise yourself!
|About 1995 Pat was asked to consider the pastoral workers course – she describes the feeling
of shock and panic as she realised that God helped her to visit the sick, bereaved and help with
Pathfinders and Sunday School. She agreed to go on the course and loved every minute of it –
she found it very interesting and varied and found the confidence to do the things she feels
that God is asking her to do. Pat says she still panics, has the jitters and makes mistakes but
knows that God is always with her and helping her – if she could only be still and listen.
| She retired from full time work having spent all of her working life in the legal profession as a
Legal Executive. Not having children of their own Pat and Bryan felt truly blessed in their
work with Pathfinder Youth Groups, and for Pat that blessing continues as she assists with
|Revd. Jeni Fryer Retd
Jeni is married to John and they have three children, a son in law
and daughter in law and two grandchildren. She is grateful that all
are now local, so family life is very busy and enjoyable.
Firstly a Reader in 1986 then came ordination which took place in
1992. She served her curacy at St Mary’s but very soon her call to
the hospital was recognised and she began work part time at the
Royal Hallamshire Hospital and later Weston Park Hospital
alongside working at St Mary’s as Curate.
|Revd Tim Gill (Vicar)
Tim is married to Mandy and they have three
children and two Labradors. He was born in North
Yorkshire and became Christian when he was 17. Tim
has been a vicar for 25 years and has worked in a
variety of parishes.
He was a Curate in Hull and moved to York, Leeds
and Liverpool. While working in Hull he also served
as a prison chaplain, and while in Leeds he covered a
chaplaincy vacancy in a local hospice.
|He came to Ecclesfield in 2016 and is enjoying getting to know the area and its people.
Tim believes that the Church is God's not ours, and that it is our calling to reach out to God's
world with the love of Christ for all people. He prays for the Spirit of God to set the churches
of this land on fire for Christ.
He is committed to the Church of England being a Parish Church, a Church that exists for
every person in this land regardless of their faith (or lack of faith), and resists moves in the
Church today to become a Church that cares for and serves only its members.
In addition to Parish ministry Tim has been involved in teaching theology both in university
context and to those training for ministry.
He loves to be out walking with his family and dogs.
Tim has a passion for rock music and loves to get out to live concerts whenever possible