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JulieMy name is Julie Loynd and I am the new Children’s Pastor at St Mary’s. I am married to Ian and have two girls called Lily (7) and Isabella (5). I have been part of the St Mary’s church family for 15 years. I previously worked in the commercial sector in logistics within the oil industry and then I worked for Sale Sharks for 9 years in their commercial department, organising events and overseeing their sponsorship and commercial operation. After Isabella was born, I decided to change career to spend more time with my growing girls so I re-trained in Early Years Childcare and I have been working in playgroups for the past three years. My last role was at Butterflies pre-school here at St Mary’s where I had the privilege of working with an amazing, inspiring staff team and where I felt encouraged to grow and be myself. Over the last two years, and especially during my time at Butterflies, I have developed a real love for working with children. From experience I know they can be challenging at times but we also have so much to learn from them.
This summer, I went to New Wine and learned more about Children’s ministry from talking to other leaders, attending seminars and visiting the children’s groups. It was so encouraging to see what God was doing there and how confident children were in worshipping, praying and talking about how God is at work in their everyday lives. It goes without saying that children are the future of the church. As part of my vision in my new role, I intend to help instil a firm foundation of God’s awesome love in the hearts of children, which will encourage and empower them throughout their lives.
I feel extremely blessed to be able to build on the fantastic work that Becky did both in St Mary’s School and here with Junior Church, as well as through community events such as Messy Movies and the Light Party. Having seen St Mary’s grow and develop over the years I feel blessed to be able to work in such an incredible ministry and I am hugely excited about what God has planned next.
Julie Loynd
Children’s Pastor

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