Heather Carr, who has served as press officer for St Andrew’s Monkseaton for a number of years, was recently invited to join the URC General Assembly Communications & Editorial Committee. Every Assembly Committee relies on people like Heather who are active in specific areas in their own local church – and every Synod is on the lookout for people whom it can recommend.
As a good press office, Heather wrote up the experience of receiving the invitation. This is how it appeared in St Andrew’s church magazine.
New ‘National’ appointment
It was a complete surprise and great honour for me to receive an invitation from the General Assembly Nominations Committee of the URC to join their Communications and Editorial committee which meets in Church House, Tavistock Place, London three or four times a year plus a 24 hour residential meeting.
Reassurance about this post was necessary and my commitment to it was sought and I have accepted this invitation with great pleasure. Excitement, trepidation of the challenge ahead but also being able to contribute and learn from this experience motivated me to join this prestigious committee of around 11 members.
St Andrew’s, what we have, what we do and where we are going will be at the forefront of my work but it will be an amazing opportunity to be a part of taking Communications and Media forward within the United Reformed Church at a national level and feeding back to St Andrew’s.
My Governor work with the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the way it interacts in being able to help church members and friends with issues they may have regarding their Health Care will again be valuable in the ever changing and evolving world of communications.
I so enjoy my trips to London to see daughter Kathryn so now the meetings, spread throughout the year, will enable me to blend together this important church work and time with her in London. Retirement for me has been and is an ongoing journey.
It was so appropriate that Lucy showed a short video at the service on 15th November about the work and fun down at Church House and this cemented my decision to go out and savour it.