Since 2011, Amy has been a Deaconess at Muckamore Presbyterian Church. A vibrant and growing congregation, Muckamore is blessed with many young families.
Much of Amy’s work is focused around them, through pastoral visits and a young women’s social group. Through their mother and toddlers group, Muckamore Tots, Amy and the church are trying to reach out to women in the local community, showing God’s love in a practical way. She was also involved in an Alpha Course and co-ordinates prayer ministry for the church.
Amy grew up in Ballymoney and studied in Glasgow for four years where she received an MA Hons in Theology. On returning home, Amy had the intention of going into teaching. However, God had other plans and she became a youth worker in her home congregation of Trinity Ballymoney. After this she felt God was calling her to remain in church work and the opportunity to train as a Deaconess came across her path. She started Union Theological College in September 2009 and studied there for one year, commencing her probationary year in Muckamore during the summer of 2010. Amy is married to Simon.
2016 has been a really encouraging year for our congregation in Muckamore. In January over 150 people signed up to read the Bible in a year. When we launched the project we never imagined we would get so many people on board and we are thankful that God placed the desire in people’s hearts. Each week, our minister, Peter Dickinson, preached through a passage from the schedule, which really helped, especially with the more difficult to understand portions of scripture. Each month, we invited those taking part to come together for a ‘debrief’ from the previous months readings to chat with each other about what they found particularly encouraging or challenging. These meetings helped each of us to stay on track and to support one another along the way.
I give thanks to God for His faithfulness to me as I serve Him within the Church family and local community. My work in Muckamore Tots continues to develop and, as I reflect back over the past year, I can see how God has provided for us. We started the year with dwindling numbers and we were really concerned about it. But a simple change in time made all the difference in getting new children and adults involved with our group. We praise God that several families who first connected with us through our mother and toddler group have started joining us for Sunday worship.
God is good and I’m thankful to be able to pause and reflect on all that He has done in my own life and in the life of our congregation. We look forward to all that He has in store for us in the future and we hold onto His promises.