Family & Children's Worker

My name is Rebecca and I live just outside Highampton with my husband, our son and our very energetic Labrador.

My parents moved down from Manchester when I was 9, so I grew up in the area, attending a small village primary (less pupils in the whole school then had been in my class in Manchester) and then Okehampton College before leaving to go to University in Canterbury where I studied Forensic Science.

While in Kent, I started attending the local Methodist church, and started working for them as a part- time Administrator. Somewhere along the way I got dragged into taking part in a holiday club and from there my interest in working with children and teenagers blossomed. I went on to work with the teenagers in the existing youth group and helped with the Sunday School, before setting up, with the help of a few other students and the student worker, a second youth group aimed at the teens outgrowing the original group and a second “class” in the Sunday School for children who were too old for the existing group but who got bored very quickly in the services.

I returned for a brief time back in Devon before I left again, this time to Merseyside where I had my Youth and Community worker placement with 4 Anglican churches whilst studying at Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry. During this time I worked with all ages from tiny babies in Baby and Toddler groups up to those about to leave for University.

 I returned to Devon to be closer to my family and my now husband. Before our move back to Highampton, we had spent 5 years living in Bridestowe and Sourton; we were married in Bridestowe and our son had his dedication in the Methodist Church there.

In taking up this role I am returning to work after a 2 year break during which I stayed at home with my son, and so I have spent a lot of time in various baby and toddler groups within the area. Although it has been a while since I was last in this line of work, I have always known that God was calling me back to work with the church to reach out to communities.