Roberta works as a Deaconess at Greystone Road Presbyterian Church in Antrim, a position she has held since 2010.
She is involved in pastoral ministry and runs the Thursday Club for senior citizens. She helps out at the Rock Café, a service for the local community, and assists many of the church’s organisations throughout the congregation, leading worship services as required.
After training at Union Theological College, Roberta received a Diploma in Ministry in Diaconal Studies. On completing her probationary year at Bloomfield Presbyterian Church, Roberta was commissioned and inducted as Deaconess in First Comber Presbyterian Church where she worked from 2003 until 2010.
When I was blessed to make a short trip to Mexico with PCI our treat was to listen to a reading of the poignant book, ‘The Garden of the Beloved’, by Robert E Way - in Spanish of course!
Those who work in a garden can appreciate the graft of the immediate and the attention to detail and forethought that goes into any garden. Serving our Father, the Gardener, (John 15: 1) is much the same. Much goes on that is unseen to make a pleasing balance that is both orderly and organic.
At Greystone Road the seeds of the gospel are sown in Buzzy Bees parents and toddlers group, in our Thursday Club friendship group, and in our community café, The Rock. A mission in the spring of 2016 meant lots of creative events as each peer group was reached in a way that caught their attention and ‘spoke their language’. We ask the Holy Spirit that He may give us fruit for our labours.
Tender (pastoral) care continues to be given at hospital bedsides, nursing homes, GriefShare meetings and in individual homes. Where the Lord is pruning, it is our job to sit alongside in prayer and loving perspective.
Help is given in any part of the vineyard that needs extra manpower (or that farming phrase “a pull out”) for the season that it is in.
Those who have enjoyed the varied programme of our Girls Time Out meetings would understand, as any gardener will tell you, that sometimes it’s just good to enjoy where or what you have.
Our desire to grow the work through prayer extends as we add extra prayer triplets and encourage others in this vital job. I am grateful to PW for your prayers as we meet in deputation. You are workers with us in the vineyard.