Skip to main content

Deacon Merry Evans


Hello. I’m Deacon Merry Evans. I began working in Bradford North Circuit on September 1st this year – let me introduce myself.

I grew up in Ilford, in the London Borough of Redbridge. I attended Church of England and Congregational churches as I grew up but eventually found my home in Methodism when I was 17. At school I was good at science, but greatly enjoyed music and drama too. I trained as a teacher in Nottingham and while there I met and married Karen. We have three grown up sons.

Since I became a Deacon we have lived and worked in Salford, Stockton-on-Tees, Wakefield, Morley, Sheffield, and Leeds. The work in each of these places has been very different. Deacons are trained and appointed to circuits to further the witness of churches in the community. We are sometimes described as ‘bringing the Church into the World, and the World into the Church’. Much of our focus is on engaging with people ‘on the edge of society’ so sometimes my ministry has been outside of church settings (prisons, mental health units, caring charities and city centre work) and other times very much in church settings (particularly where the shortage of Presbyters have left a gap in the staff team) so I preach and may conduct baptisms, weddings and funerals although not preside at communion. Deacons particularly engage in facilitating churches in pursuing their spirituality and in outreach.

While Deacons are Ordained Ministers of the Church, we are also members of the Methodist Diaconal Order (MDO). This is a Religious Order following a Rule of Life, being committed to prayer and to witness. We are the nearest thing Methodism has to having monks and nuns!

I have been appointed to the circuit half time, and will be spending the ‘other half’ of my time working with other churches or circuits in the District.

I greatly enjoy training and leading groups, and am a trained Group Facilitator and Spiritual Director. I look forward to working with you and your churches, especially in helping you get to grips realising the next step of your church’s vision! Please talk to me if you think I might be able to help.

God Bless!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Prayer Column - January 2022

The turn of the year As a new year approaches we tend to wonder what lies ahead, hoping always to shake off the past’s bad record and for something better to come, as if hoping could make it so. We wonder about next year because of course we don’t know what lies around the corner (however great the store of human knowledge, and however thorough our Googling). Search as we may, and it’s a royal honour to do so (Prov 25:2), some things are known only to God: times and seasons fixed by his authority are not for us to know (Acts 1:7), for the future is his. This is a time to remind ourselves of God’s omniscience: he does know (Rom 11:33). He knows the plans he has for us – plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us a hope and a future (Jer 29:11). And it’s time to remember also that God is not far-off and aloof, but a loving, heavenly Father who wants a close living relationship with each of us, day by day and breath by breath – he sent Jesus to bring us back to him. So

Virtual worship - 23 January 2022

Fruits of the Spirit – Patience   Service Sheet (pdf) Call to Worship We wait for you, Spirit of God   (From ‘The Weaver, the Word and Wisdom’ by Michaela Youngson) Spirit of God, Breathing, blazing, blessing, Inspire our worship, Ignite our passion, Inform our action We wait for you, Spirit of God. Spirit of God, Dancing, delighting, descending, Move through our lives, Melt our hearts, Motivate our loving. We wait for you, Spirit of God. Spirit of God, Opening, offering, outpouring, Reveal truth to us, Renew our faith, Refine our discipleship. We wait for you, Spirit of God. Song The Spirit lives to set us free StF397 This service is week 4 in the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ series of services at Baildon Methodist Church. When I asked colleagues at work what came to mind when I said today’s theme, without exception they all came up with this: play first 11 seconds of (Take That – Patience).  The image that comes immediately to my mind is the card game and memories of spending many hours p

Christmas Day Worship 2021

Today is the day - Christmas! The central candle is lit. The waiting is over. The child is born. As we celebrate the Feast and Holy-Day of Christmas, with the Psalmist (Ps. 98:4-6) we proclaim: Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn – shout for joy before the LORD, the King. Prayer Let us pray: Generous God, even as we praise you for the good news of today, and seek to shout for joy at the coming of the Christ-child, we acknowledge Mary’s mix of pain and joy, both today and in the days to come. As we do so, we face our own emotions on this difficult and delightful day, and ask your help to live it well. Amen. Carol You might like to sing, or reflect on the words of Geoffrey Ainger’s hymn at StF 193/H&P 95, Born in the night, Mary’s child, a long way from your home; coming in need, Mary’s child, born in a borro