THE Crediton branch of Connect has two Connect workers, Clarissa Vanstone and Robert Marshall, and three Connect associate workers, Lauren Stand, Daniel Nganga and Alex Gilbert, who together run Christian Unions and other lunchtime clubs at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Crediton.
At a Commissioning Service held at Crediton Congregational Church on Thursday, September 22 all five of these young people were Commissioned by Rev Helen Drever who is the new recently ordained Deacon at Holy Cross Church.
The Service was a joyous event and was attended by numerous representatives from churches both in Crediton and the surrounding villages and communities.
It was opened by Wendy Anez from the Crediton Congregational Church who is the Chair of the Local Support Group.
This was followed by prayer and singing from James Gregory and musicians from the Congregational Church.
Ally Partridge then gave a brief explanation of what Connect is and what it does for our Communities.
Eileen Brassington from Holy Cross, who is Vanessa’s line manager, invited the five workers to speak about themselves.
Ashley Taylor from Copplestone Methodist Church gave a reading and introduced Rev Ann Varker from Crediton Methodist Church who gave a lovely address leading up to the Commissioning Part of the Service.
After the service finished everyone stayed to enjoy coffee, tea and cakes provided and served by the Local Support Group which had organised the evening.
We are very grateful to those who gave to the work of Connect with just under £400 being taken up during the offering.