Reader Gillian Kern
I have lived in Greenfield for 28 years and served in the benefice, in one capacity or another since 1991, including 19 years as director of music to the benefice choir.
I was licensed as a Reader at St Albans Abbey in 2017. Licensed Readers are part time voluntary ministers who service in their local community.
As a lay minister I take a variety of different services in the churches in the benefice including morning and evening worship, family services, special services such as our lively Mothering Sunday and harvest services, our annual ‘Remembered in Love’ service at the end of October and our Christingle and crib services. I also take funerals and I often assist at communion services and take communion to those who can’t get out and about.
I also visit people in their homes and help run a variety of course in the benefice including baptism and confirmation classes and Advent and Lent course. I act as chaplain to the pupils, families and staff at Silsoe Lower School.
When I’m not in the benefice I volunteer one day a week and one Sunday a month as a chaplain at HMP The Mount and I’m a diocesan inter faith adviser for the Bedford Archdeaconry.
I was born in Enfield and educated in Enfield and Harrow where I attended a number of churches and was a member of several choirs, youth orchestras and youth groups. I was confirmed in 1963.
I attended Trinity College of Music and subsequently teacher training college gaining both an initial qualification as a teacher and a post-graduate qualification in special education: this was followed by an MPhil in special education from the University of Exeter.
I worked in education for 36 years in both inner city multicultural/multi faith communities and in rural areas.
It was while I was working that I met Malcolm, my husband, who was a day service manager for people with complex needs. We have been married for 37 years.
In my spare time I ride my horse, Cameroon, and walk our spaniel Oliver, sail with my husband on our traditional Broad’s yacht, Pavane, and spend time with Joyce, my 95-year old mother.
The other members of our Ministry Team
Following Rev Dave Bell’s Retirement in 2019, we are currently without a vicar.
However, an advertisement for a new vicar went into the Church Times in January and interviews are scheduled for 15 March 2020.