The calling of a Warden
Ian Newton is the sole Churchwarden of St Andrew’s Field Dalling, part of a multi-parish benefice in rural North Norfolk.
“It’s quite a commitment!” he smiles. “Even when worshipping communities are small, the church has a unique and vital role to play in the wider community.” He’s passionate about its open-door policy and enlists willing support from both within and beyond the congregation to care for the building and churchyard.
He represents St Andrew’s at Parish Council meetings and instead of grumbling about second home-owners, tries to draw them in, recruiting one for the PCC. This emphasis on welcome, outreach and engagement emerges from Ian’s longing that the church be a visible and vibrant presence serving the whole community. There are many practical projects. Next on the agenda? An exploration with the architect on the siting of a new loo. “Please pray that we wardens might remember why we do such things,” he says.
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