Meet the New Part Time Youth and Children’s Team Leader for St John’s and St Mary’s- Our Own Rachel Burnell

At the end of July I said a fond farewell to my class and left my familiar world of primary school teaching ready to take on a new challenge. I’ve always enjoyed teaching children but with the ever-increasing workload and long hours I was finding it hard to maintain a healthy work life balance.


For some time I’ve felt a strong sense of God’s presence in my life and have looked into jobs in youth ministry, so I am very happy to now be working for the church I’ve been a part of for some years. As Jesus says, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ I’m thrilled to be able to work with our amazing children’s group leaders in preparing young people to enter into a meaningful relationship with Jesus and my vision for the church is that each young person knows how unique and special they are in God’s eyes.

I also feel very excited about the future of St. John’s and St. Mary’s as Dave takes on his new role of vicar. I hope that by working alongside him we will be able to reach out into the community and share the gospel to younger and older people alike. Flightpath, our monthly children’s service will certainly continue as it has been a success with the kids but in time it would be wonderful to enrich the children’s ministry in other ways too, so I believe it is time to dream big and have faith that God will bless it!

Rachel Burnell