Rosemary commenced Union Theological College in September 2006 and, following her graduation in 2008, spent her probationary year in First Saintfield Presbyterian Church. Since 2009 to 2017, Rosemary was a deaconess in First Antrim Presbyterian Church. Then in 2017 she took up the position of deaconess at Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church in Newtownards.
Her main duties include pastoral visitation among women, families and the elderly, in hospitals and in people’s homes, pastoral care of those facing difficult situations, bereavement follow-up and supporting the leadership in existing ministries. She is involved with Chat & Chew, a Thursday morning group where members from the community and church come together. She leads Tiny Tots on Wednesdays and is involved in all aspects of the life of the Church in both ministry and mission.
Rosemary's employment included working in sales in the Newcastle Branch of NIE, and as a Care Assistant in River House in Newcastle. Rosemary commenced Union Theological College in September 2006 and, following her graduation in 2008, spent her probationary year in First Saintfield Presbyterian Church.
There are days in our lives that change the course of our future. As I reflect over the past year in First Antrim, much has changed. During the year, our congregation has gone into vacancy and I have been encouraging and supporting people in uncertain days. As we start a new year, exciting days are ahead as we look to God as our guide.
A day often starts out like any other day and yet, by the time the sun sets, a person’s life has been altered forever. Such days for me have been the days that I have been at the bedside of someone who is ill in hospital; the days I have been with a family as they make plans for a funeral; the days that I see a new born baby and deliver a baby parcel, to the delight of the parents; the days that I have had coffee with a couple who are getting married the next day. We don’t know how significant a day can be, but each day can be one that can change lives forever.
A day that we can help to bring change in someone else’s life - how teddy bears that we collected at Tiny Tots were given to children in war torn countries. We give thanks to God that one night He changed someone’s life at a Christmas event and we look forward to events being planned with local churches over Easter that will impact the town of Antrim.
I give thanks to God for the many opportunities that I have to bring the good news of Jesus Christ that can change lives forever. These can be one-to-one conversations or speaking at meetings such as School assemblies, Tiny Tots, nursing home, craft class etc. Each new day gives new opportunities.
My prayer is that I would be open to what each day holds and strive to be a significant witness for the Lord in all that I do and say.
This is the day “…every new day He does not fail.” Zephaniah 3:5