|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 September 1994.
|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 local schools.
|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 other ideas.
|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
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
|Revd Tim Gill (Vicar)
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married to Mandy and they have three married to
Mandy and they have three children and children
and two Labradors. He was born in North two
Labradors. He was born in North Yorkshire and
became Christian when he was 17. Yorkshire and
became Christian when he was 17. Tim has been a
vicar for 25 years and has worked in a variety of
He was a Curate in Hull and moved to York, Leeds
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