Suzy Kirkham moved to the South West with her husband and three children in 2006. Soon after she began to work on a voluntarily basis at St Paul’s in Weston super Mare, as a Church Warden and also on Social Transformation projects and as a small group Overseer. But it wasn’t until 2016 that Suzy began to explore her call to ordination. ‘I think that God has had this call on my life for many years and he has used my life experiences to date to prepare me for it.’
‘God has given me a heart for the lost, vulnerable and people on the margins, and the ministry I have been involved in in Weston has involved working with youth, addicts, the homeless and vulnerable women, has been really challenging at times, but also a real joy and a privilege. Seeing God transform their lives and being a small part of that has been wonderful. I love Jesus and I love people & this is what gets me out of bed in the morning.’
In July Suzy began her role as a Pioneer Curate at Christchurch Clevedon where her main ministry is to minister and reach out to the senior members of the congregation and the local community.
‘I am to be a bridge between the Church and the local community. Much of my time so far has been meeting people online and planning mission and ministry for the next couple of years. As the church starts to slowly open up I am so looking forward to assisting the team with the vision and work of the church, journeying alongside and encouraging the congregation in their discipleship and also helping to equip them to reach out missionally to the community and welcome new people in.’
‘During this entire process I have felt God walking with me through each step, and I continue to be amazed, encouraged, inspired, and excited at the prospect of being ordained Deacon on 27 September. The calling and desire of my heart to the priesthood grows stronger in me each day.’