Julie has been a Deaconess since 2006, based in Portrush Presbyterian Church. She is responsible for the development of community ministry and provision of pastoral care amongst women including a one-to-one Bible study and book club.
Julie is involved in church services and supports those who volunteer in various ministries within the Church. She co-ordinates the Christianity Explored groups, leads Griefshare and works with the migrant community.
Julie grew up in Glenavy. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Banking and Finance in 2000. She felt God's call to work in His Church and served in Gardenmore for two years. She commenced Deaconess training in Union Theological College in 2003, graduating with a Diploma in Ministry (Diaconal Studies) in 2005. Julie served her probationary year in Waringstown Presbyterian and in 2006 was called to serve full-time in Portrush. She is married to Stuart and they have two sons.
I had the joy of spending the first half of 2014 at home full-time with our two sons while on maternity leave. Then, in July, it was back to another joy in my life... serving the Lord as deaconess in Portrush. Although I came back to the same role and same days as before (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday), I found returning was a bigger challenge this time. As you can imagine, I am so thankful for the support and encouragement of my colleagues, Elders and congregation in Portrush. It is a privilege to be a part of this fellowship!
Along with pastoral visitation, I have continued to coordinate prayer times and publish a monthly prayer diary. Discipleship is another key area of my work which involves supporting the home group ministry, meeting with people individually to study the Word, and leading a morning Bible Study for women who cannot make it to an evening group. For the last few months of the year, I was involved in the planning of a marriage course, aiming to strengthen the marriages of those within our fellowship and wider community.
Throughout this past year, I have been so aware of the prayers of many sisters in Christ and want to thank you all for your faithfulness in prayer and partnership in spreading the Gospel.
To download a printable PDF of Julie's reports visit the Mission Reports listing at the top.