Holmer Green Methodist Church

 

Our Minister 

 Rev Vida Foday  

01494 562788 

v.foday@btinternet.com

 

        I was born in Ghana and moved to the U.K. almost forty years ago with my late husband who was a Sierra Leonean.  He worked as the Liaison Officer for Africa with the Miners International Federation and his office was based in Blackfriars, London.  We naturalised and become British citizens and have been here since then. I became a widow in December 2002, have three adult children, step children and a large extended family. I come from a Christian family with uncles who were Methodist ministers. As a child, I was nurtured and brought up in a Christian home, became a member of the Girls’ Life Brigade and was very involved in the Youth Ministry.

I pursued a degree in French and German translation at the Thames Valley University in London, sadly I have not put this to use due to family commitments and have become ‘very rusty’ in both languages, German in particular. I worked as a legal secretary for a while in London, and before my ministerial training worked as a Medical Secretary at the West Middlesex University Hospital, West London for over 15 years.

My home church was Chiswick Methodist Church in the Richmond and Hounslow Circuit, where I trained as a Local Preacher and subsequently candidated for the Methodist Ministry. I had part of my Foundation Training at the South East Institute for Theological Education (SEITE), and partly at the Guy Chester Centre under the able leadership of the Reverend Mark Wakelin (Ex-President of Conference) and his team. My ministerial training was at Wesley House, Cambridge, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

In 2008, I was stationed as a Probationer in the Farnham and Alton Circuit in Surrey (it comprised four churches), with pastoral charge of one town church and two village churches (Farnham, Hale and Rowledge churches).  The circuit later amalgamated with few nearby circuits to form a larger one called the Hants Surrey Border Circuit (HSBC). As an itinerant Methodist Minister, even though I was aware that ‘the world is my parish’ borrowing John Wesley’s words, I had hoped to be stationed in London after my five years in Surrey just so that I could be nearer my family, but that was not to be.

At Farnham, I served as the Chaplain for the Boys and Girls Brigade and started a “Silver Service” with a Christian Organisation.  It is basically a short service for the elderly in the community followed by refreshments. Other activities that I initiated were ‘The Mums and Tots Group’ and the ‘Messy Church’ in the Farnham church. There was a CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) and ‘BRIGHT HOUR’ groups among others that were already in existence in the other churches before my arrival at Farnham. I led the occasional services in Residential Care Homes in the Community. There was a strong ecumenical relationship among the clergy at Farnham that as a new minister, I learned a lot from my colleagues as we celebrated our diversity and unity in God.

I was invited to the Romford Circuit in Essex in September, 2013 – in pastoral charge of Harold Wood, Gidea Park and South Ockendon Methodist Churches.  Sadly, my wish to be in London was once again not granted, but I felt that was where God wanted me to be as they needed my pastoral skills.

In September 2018, I accepted an invitation to join the High Wycombe Methodist Circuit.  I have pastoral charge of Tylers Green, Holmer Green, Downley and Cryers Hill Methodist Churches. The four churches seemed a bit challenging for me, but with the assurance of support given to me by my colleagues and the four congregations, I now feel confident to take up the challenge strengthened by God’s Grace and guidance.

Among other ministerial duties, I am most passionate about pastoral care and willing to visit those in need of pastoral care from the minister. As I mentioned at my Welcome Service, I am a people’s person ready to walk with those who are willing to walk with me on their faith journey. My hobbies are cooking, listening to music and dancing.

I am a down-to-earth person, ready to learn and also share my gifts with everyone. I hope to encourage the four congregations to develop and deepen their faith, and to assist individuals in sharing that faith in a way that draws other people to God. Getting to know my new congregations and their needs in terms of ministry will be on the top of my agenda.  Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:20 “We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God ”(NIV).  As Christians, we are all called to be ambassadors for Christ, and I hope that together we will be become good ambassadors for the Lord.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, I hope and trust that God will equip and grant me the necessary spiritual guidance, so that I can be a good leader, be involved in the Circuit’s mission, and also enjoy my ministry here at High Wycombe.

With love and every blessing

Vida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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