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Joining us, Anna Venables, welcome.


At the start of February Anna Venables is joining us as our “Reader”. This means that Anna is licensed by the Bishop to preach on Sundays and has been trained in pastoral care. Anna comes to us with diocesan leadership roles in the Mother’s Union, previous experience as Tewkesbury Deanery Synod Secretary, and with full immersion in the liturgical life of Tewkesbury Abbey. Anna is married to Dave with two daughters, Louise and Kate; and grandparents to Scarlett, aged 9.

She writes:

Applying the Diocesan L.I.F.E. vision, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit, my prayer is that I may contribute to the life and Christian witness of this benefice through:

Leadership – as a Reader licensed by the Bishop, looking forward to working with John and the local worship teams.

Imagination – exploring new and different ways to engage with local communities, and encouraging support through God’s very precious gift of prayer, for the schools’ events planned within the deanery during the World Cup later this year.

Faith – transferring my Reader License from Tewkesbury Abbey, giving thanks for the rich Christian heritage of your parishes and looking forward to being part of all you contribute to the coming of God’s kingdom here in our midst.

Engagement – as I join the team, of listening to your stories and together of how we can share the good news and promise of Jesus – who offers that all may have life, and have it in abundance”.

As a “get to know you” I quizzed Anna on one or two things.

  • Favourite bible character = Joshua
  • Christian who inspires her = Brother Lawrence (who wrote “The practice of the presence of God”)
  • Top cathedrals = Wells, St Albans and Ely
  • Songs of Praise hymn choice = Amazing Grace
  • Best UK holiday destination = Woolacombe Bay North Devon
  • Hobby = Embroidery
  • ‘Food I love’ = Turkey


Anna and the Rector will be working together on two Lent and Holy Week events.

  • Starting – weekly - on Monday 19th February 1.30-3pm a Lent Group at the Rectory on “Fruitfulness” (a course written by the London School of Contemporary Christianity).
  • A Christian art pilgrimage in all of our churches “The Gloucester Way, Stations of the Cross, as from the eyes of Jesus” paintings by Jonathon Brown. There will be more information in March.

It is great to have Anna with us. Her email is Welcome Anna. May you have a very happy ministry with us.

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