Hi, my name is Ruth and I have been the Team Vicar of St Andrew’s Community Church in Dronfield Woodhouse for 3 years (February 2016).
Born in London, I trained to be a classical musician after school, followed by a teaching qualification but then decided to take a year off which stretched to more as I travelled and worked in Australia for a couple of years. After being employed in a London school, I gained invaluable experience with Youth With a Mission in Canada on a music and worship course and became Music Director of a large Anglican charismatic Church in Oxford. During this time several people told me that I needed to get ordained but the interview panel didn’t agree. It was such a traumatic experience I swore I’d never do that again!
I then moved to Derby to continue being worship leader. I had no intension of revisiting the call to ordination but God had other ideas and made them unavoidably clear.
I trained in Cambridge and came back to Derbyshire for a curacy (training post) and then accepted being leader of this Church – just an 8-mile relocation!
It’s daunting and busy but I love growing in faith with these wonderful, faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We seek to be a blessing to this community. Do come and say hello. Do ask any questions you have about God, faith, do ask for prayer or just come along for a nosey! You are always welcome to come as you are.
We are a group of ordinary people who aim to be open to God. We want to be real rather than phoney and welcoming not cliquey. We trust God’s word, the Bible and try hard to link our faith with the real world. We love communicating how fantastic we think Jesus is to those in our community.
The people who attend our Community Church are made up of different age groups, so our services reflect a mix of old and new styles of music and worship patterns. One of our aims is to develop authentic ways for people of all ages to be able to connect with God.
We are part of the Dronfield and Holmesfield Team (5 churches: St Andrew’s Community Church, Dronfield Woodhouse LEP (Anglican/Methodist/URC); St John the Baptist Church Dronfield (Anglican); St Swithins Church, Holmesfield (Anglican); St Phillips Church (Dronfield) and St Mary’s LEP (Methodist/Anglican) Unstone)
Our church is outward looking and has had strong links with other churches from the beginning. In addition to our work within the Parish, we are an Ecumenical Partnership within the Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed Churches. We also support and share in the activities of other Christians in our town through Churches Together in Dronfield and District.
You will find a friendly welcome at any services or events.
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