Sonya has been serving as a deaconess in Shore Street Presbyterian Church since September 2007. Her main roles are pastoral visitation, family ministry and speaking.
Sonya has responsibility for the under-fives' in the congregation and works alongside a great team of volunteers - this includes Sunday morning activities and the parent and toddlers group on alternate Wednesdays. In addition, she heads up the morning Alpha group and the follow-up courses and also leads church services once a month. She is also involved in visitation within the congregation and also with those on the fringes.
"I love serving in Shore Street alongside a wonderful staff team and a huge number of volunteers,” writes Sonya. “It is a privilege to be able to get to know people through organised groups as well as in their homes. My heart is to see people encounter the Father heart of God, and experience the grace offered to us through Jesus, and also to enjoy journeying with the Holy Spirit. I love the Word of God and enjoy sharing with the church family in Sunday services or in a small group setting."
Sonya is married to Andrew and they have young children. She grew up in Second Keady Presbyterian Church. She was commissioned as a deaconess in 2007 in Shore Street where she continues to serve.
- Pray for those who attend the Alpha courses and the follow-up courses. Pray that they will see people come to know Jesus and grow as disciples.
- Pray for all the opportunities to connect with families with young children and wisdom for how best to support them in the early years. Pray that the children in the congregation will develop a real and personal relationship with Jesus.
- Pray for Shore Street Presbyterian and their witness to Donaghadee and beyond. Pray that they will be "inwardly strong and outwardly focused".
- Pray too for Sonya in her daily walk with Jesus.
Latest Report – November 2018
Seeing the Spirit move
Over the past year, I was delighted to see a 70-year-old lead an 80-year-old to faith; no greater joy than to see someone set free from a lifetime of burdens and to find true forgiveness from God. I was able to see a married couple whose faith had become stagnant find their desire for Jesus revived and hope restored – that brought great joy to my heart. I have heard people share their stories for the first time in their lives, knowing that in sharing their faith, they were drawing others to Jesus. My heart has been moved to see lifelong Christians encounter Jesus in a fresh way, knowing that he has spoken tenderly to their hearts. This in itself assured me that there is much more available for all of us when we draw near to Jesus. What a joy!
Over the past 10 years, I have been involved in some sort of Alpha-type group and these are only some of the stories that spring to mind. The privilege of sharing in people’s journeys is incredible. To allow people space to explore their faith and to build trust and openness in a safe place is invaluable. Groups connect in such a precious way during these courses and friendships are formed that have a depth beyond many other relationships in life.
For some people, Alpha is the beginning of a spiritual journey and for others it affirms faith that is already growing. For all, there is a lifetime journey with Jesus ahead and we seek to support and encourage during this. We know that connecting people with other Christians is vital and we hope that there will be a natural move into a life group or discipleship course.
Running a course like Alpha would be impossible without a team and we have been so thankful for a committed team of leaders who love people and want to share their faith. The teams of leaders come together and there is an expectancy among them that God will do something in the lives of those who come. It challenges and builds faith when people serve on a course like this.
I would love more people to invite their friends to Alpha because it is a place where the big life questions can be asked and no judgments are made. It is a place where people can come and explore the Christian faith with no pressure on them. It is a place where a life can be transformed by the good news of Jesus.
This autumn we are running two Alpha courses, one in the morning and one in the evening. We would love you to pray for these.
- That people will come and that they will meet with Jesus.
- That the teams would have wisdom as they listen and share with one another.
- That the Holy Spirit would be actively moving amongst us.
- Give thanks for all that God has done in the past and continue to pray for more.
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