Minister – Rev Stuart Hawthorne
We welcome Rev Stuart Hawthorne as our new minister after his Ordination and Installation service on 4th January.
Stuart has been called to our Church Family after being the Assistant Minister at Abbots Cross. Before this Stuart was the Youth Pastor at Woodlands Presbyterian Church in Carrickfergus which he took up after being a Secondary School Teacher.
Stuart does not come empty handed. He is husband to Caroline and Dad to Caleb, Joel, Eli and Mollie. Caroline previously worked as General Secretary of Presbyterian Women but now runs her own business – Caroline Jayne Makeup Artistry. The whole family love their sport and no doubt now living in Waringstown they will find it hard to resist the Cricket although Stuart is a self-confessed Rugby addict.
We look forward with great excitement to Stuart’s ministry here in Waringstown.
Children’s and Family Worker – Suzie Taylor
I am Suzie Taylor and I am the Children’s and Family worker. I served last year as a youth and children’s intern but I am now working part time at the church, helping to serve families and children in Waringstown. I studied Early Childhood at Stranmillis University College for 3 years, during which I gained lots of experience on how best to engage kids in learning and how their brains and minds work! I hope to use all the skills and knowledge gained to influence the children’s ministry in WPC.
Within my role, I will be involved in Pathfinders and Discovers (WPC’s Sunday School programmes, held during the Sunday services), Messy Church, Little Lambs, Friday Fun Club and GirlsGroup. I also hope to work closely with the primary school to reach out into the community and ensure every child hears about the love of Jesus. My title is Children’s and Family Worker because I believe family is so important to the child. For most children it is their family who they spend most of their time with, therefore parents have a major influence on the development of the child especially their spiritual growth. As a church we want to help parents by equipping them and training them so they can achieve this and grow in faith as a family.
I love working with children, I love getting to know them and sharing Jesus with them. Each one of them is so precious and so important and I want to make sure they know that! So often in our society our children are overlooked, we refer to them as the next or future generation but actually they are present now, so we need to treat them like that. They are capable of understanding Jesus now and living their life wholeheartedly for Him now…that’s so exciting!!
Suzie Taylor is the Children's and Family Worker in WPC. She has a passion for seeing children and families grow in their faith and come to know Jesus as their Saviour.
Administrative Coordinator – Pamela Forbes
My role in the church is to provide back of house support to the various aspects of the church’s ministry. My principal duties involve managing the database which holds all the contact information for the congregation, producing rotas and fliers and of course the weekly order of service and announcements. There is also a myriad of other jobs, but suffice it to say my working days are always packed and varied.
I’m married to Nevin and we have two children, Rebekah and John who are both at Primary School. As a family we enjoy camping, cycling, reading, arts & crafts and anything that involves us being together! I was Captain of Hillsborough Presbyterian Girls’ Brigade for fifteen years bringing the message of the gospel to a large company of girls of all ages. Anyone that knows me would say I love to be obsessively organised and in control – if I had a motto it would be: A place for everything and everything in its place.
I enjoy my role in WPC as it is varied with a new challenge every day – even though there are days where the challenges outnumber the hours! I look forward to being part of the growing work of God in Waringstown, especially with the exciting new build and all the developments in the work it will bring. I am both excited and challenged by the plans God has for WPC and for my small role in it. The church office door is always open and everyone is welcome.
Youth and Community Ministry Coordinator – Conor Patton
Born and bred in Bangor, never venturing too far away, Conor has been employed as the Youth and Family worker in his home church, Ballygilbert Presbyterian, for the past three years.
Aged 24 he has made the big decision to leave Bangor behind him and come to live and serve God in Waringstown.
Conor is a keen Chelsea football supporter and holds a season ticket for Ulster Rugby, loves outdoor sports and ‘fine dining’ which he confesses he will miss with leaving his parents home to live on his own.
We’re excited for what God has planned for Conor as he joins the WPC family and takes on the privileged position of joining in the leadership of our Youth and integration of God’s people in the Community.