Lydia spent 5 years training for ministry at Oxford and was ordained in 1996. Rural ministry has been her sole focus throughout her ordained life and she has worked in the Dioceses of Peterborough and Oxford and moved to Salisbury Diocese 10 years ago.
Lydia has mostly worked as a self-supporting minister, meaning that she has combined parish ministry with secular work. She has done a variety of jobs including being a cook, running a pre-school and being a smallholder.
She is enjoying being back in full time ministry and lives at Shillingstone Rectory with her husband and two teenage sons.
Rectors do not have a specific “job description”. What they are asked or called to be is set out in the service when they are made priests. Below are some of the requirements.
“to be a servant and shepherd among the people”
“to proclaim the word of the Lord, to call his hearers to repentance, to absolve and declare forgiveness of sins.”
“to baptise and prepare for confirmation.”
“to preside at the celebration of Holy communion”
“to lead in prayer and worship, to intercede and bless”
“to teach and encourage by word and example”
“to minister to the sick and prepare the dying”
“to be a messenger, watchmen, steward, to teach and admonish”
“to feed and provide for the Lord’s family”
“to search for God’s children in the wilderness of the world”
“to serve with joy, build up in faith”
“to sanctify the lives of all whom you have to do”
Offering daily prayer (twice a day every day);
Celebrating Holy Communion – Sundays and midweek, in people’s homes and in care homes;
Supporting church outreach such as Messy Church;
Preaching the word;
Leading Bible study;
Working closely with local primary schools – by visiting, supporting the staff, being a school governor;
Preparing families for baptism and couples for weddings;
Taking funerals and supporting the bereaved;
General pastoral visiting and being visible in local community groups;
Communications – writing for the magazine, pew leaflet and website;
Administration – including PCC meetings and other committees;
Attending training, Synod, chapter, and pilgrim priests’ meetings; and