Katherine Lyddon has been appointed as the Pioneer for Tone Deanery. Katherine, who begins in September, joins us from the neighbouring diocese of Exeter where she has worked for 11 years as Diocesan Children’s Ministry Adviser.
Katherine’s appointment is part of Bath and Wells innovative pioneering project which aims to foster pioneering activity across Somerset, with the purpose of reaching out to areas and communities where the church has little impact.
The Revd Selina Garner says, “Katherine will be working across the whole deanery; working in partnership with many small rural communities to help us communicate and explore the Christian faith with children, schools and families.”
“We are hoping Katherine will help us set up two fresh expressions with children and families in the deanery; and also to help coach, encourage and train us so that we can be more effective in sharing the story of Jesus with young people, with schools and families, and all the contacts we already have. We want to build on these and develop much stronger relationships.”
Katherine who is a trained teacher; spent time working in Uganda and China before settling in Exeter. She is excited to bring all her experience of teaching and working with young people to her new post.
“I love seeing people flourish, but I also like to get out and connect with children and young people that are outside of the Church and work out what we as church can do to support them in their spiritual and faith development.”
“This isn’t about a pioneer that’s going to go off and do things by themselves; it is about acting as a catalyst for others, about equipping other people, which just really feeds into my theology of church and what church really is in terms of being a community. It was never supposed to be about one person, or personalities, it is about everybody recognising they have a role within the Body of Christ, and that one is no better than the other, and that we all need each other. “
Katherine’s role is with Tone Deanery, one of the more rural parts of the Diocese.
“I think rural has lots of elements that are close to what God meant by ‘being in the Kingdom’, in the sense that people know each other. One of the beautiful things about rural communities is that people know each other. I think that sense of belonging, which I think everybody desires, is often found in rural areas. It is going to take some time to get to know people and places and what makes people tick and then see how the church can offer something of good news with what’s already going on. “
Tina Hodgett, leader of the Pioneer Project, said, ‘We’re really pleased to have a Project pioneer appointed to this rural deanery. Katherine will bring her knowledge of God’s love and her gifts and skills to groups of Christians already reaching out in creative ways to their communities. She will aim to enrich their understanding of what the Holy Spirit is up to in the neighbourhood and expand their confidence to join in. I’m anticipating us all learning from this project and having things to share more widely across the deaneries and Diocese.”