Sonya has been based at Shore Street Presbyterian in Donaghadee since 2007. Her duties include pastoral visitation and involvement with the children’s and youth work – Sunday School, Kids Bible Club, GB Bible Class, Youth Fellowship and Toddlers Group.
After leaving school in 1997, Sonya spent a year with Youth for Christ in Enniskillen. Following this, Sonya went to Canada to study at Prairie Bible College where she gained a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies. She then taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for a year. Shortly afterwards, in September 2005, Sonya commenced Deaconess training at Union Theological College, Belfast. She served her probationary year in Abbey Presbyterian Church, Monkstown.
The year 2016 began with a return to work after maternity leave and then finished with the birth of my second daughter, Rosie. As you can imagine, it has been busy with juggling family and work life. I am so thankful for the support of my minister, Alvin Little, and for our church family in Shore Street. I was delighted this year to see some very talented and gifted people take on the leadership of our parent and toddlers group and Sunday School ministries. I continue in a supportive role and enjoy this.
During the summer, I worked with a lovely team to run our summer kids club which ran over five consecutive Sundays. We were encouraged to see many children grow in their faith and a few become Christians. In the autumn, I was excited to run an Alpha in the mornings alongside our evening group. The material is really great and it was a real privilege to discuss faith with a wonderful group of people.
Through the year, I was able to take a number of services and also get out to a number of PW groups for deputation and I thoroughly enjoy this aspect of my work. I continue with pastoral visitation and count it a real joy when people allow me into their homes and lives. I continue to pray for wisdom and compassion for each one I come alongside.
The Lord has been faithful and full of grace to me through 2016 and I am so thankful for all His goodness to us. May God bless, encourage and strengthen you as you journey with Him.